Don Quixote: Chapters 21-23


Up to page 204.

Italics are what I penciled in the margins

The block quotes are quotes from the book.

Everything else are just my thoughts as I’m typing along here




Chapter 21

In which Quixote attacks a barber, steals his basin for a helmet and discourses, at length, to Sancho about the general idea of what Knights Do.

All that remains to be done is, to look out, and find what king of the Christians, or of the pagans, is at war, and has a beautiful daughter;

Being a Knight 101


Chapter 22

In which Quixote frees a bunch of prisoners headed for the galleys, demands they go to his Lady Dulcinea and wonders why they attack him in response.



Chapter 23

In which Quixote and Sancho take to the mountains to escape any lawmen seeking those who freed the prisoners. There they find a mad man being cared for by Shepherds.

If that isn’t fodder for Quixote to unleash his imagination upon, I don’t know what is!


‘Your worship will as much take warning,’ answered Sancho, ‘as I am a Turk;’

How can Sancho be SO smart and yet SO dumb? Just goes to show how complex humanity is.


In a letter by the mad man:

…by that I took you for an angel, and by this I find you are a woman.

This is what happens when you over-romanticize anything. It becomes distorted and you see it as you wish instead of as it is


Hayman, Francis, 1708-1776; Don Quixote Attacking the Barber to Capture the Basin




6 thoughts on “Don Quixote: Chapters 21-23

  1. Ahh you’re very right about idealising things!

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  2. I really love the part about Mambrino’s helmet ….. I don’t know why but I can just imagine Don Quixote riding around with a basin on his head. 😀

    You have to admire the guy …… no matter how many injuries he sustains, battles he fights or negative reactions he experiences, he never hesitates to do what he thinks is right.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      hahahahaa. It is quite the picture, isn’t it?

      If the results of the fightings weren’t so bad for other people, I’d be able to appreciate the humor more. But I just keep seeing the consequences once the side characters leave the scene…


  3. Matt Ries says:

    Chapter XXI- I think Cervantes is in full parody mode in this entertaining scene with the helmet.

    Chapter XXII- This chapter was just plain weird to me. Yes, knights-errant are to correct wrongs and bring about justice, though their importance is after rescuing damsels in distress and fighting for the honor of your own lady against anyone who doesn’t believe she isn’t the most beautiful lady in the world even if the other knight is married and cannot say our lady is the most beautiful because he would shame is wife… I overthinking it? Anyways, these are prisoners convicted by the King’s justice, the wrongs have already been corrected and justice is in the process of being served, even in his mad state of living the chivalrous life of a knight-errant, why does he interfere?

    I’ll comment on Chapter XXIII later…

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