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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
In which Quixote relates a dream, believing it to be real. Skipped 9/10ths of this.
In which there are many meetings of various people, which prepares us for future stories.
In which Quixote meets a monkey who he thinks should go before the Inquisition.
[Alderman 2] “for I propose that you shall go on one side of the mountain, and I on the other, and so we shall traverse and encompass it quite round; and every now and then you shall bray, and so will I; and the ass will most certainly hear and answer us, if he be in the mountain.”
You know what is going to happen…
…2 paragraphs later…
…it fell out, that they both brayed at the same instant, and each of them, deceived by the braying of the other, ran to seek the other, thinking the ass had appeared;
Don Quixote was not entirely satisfied with the ape’s divinations,
What else does he want from a monkey? He wants a fight!
and I wonder he has not been accused to the Inquisition, and examined by torture, til he confesses, by virtue of what, or of who, he divines: for it is certain this ape is no astrologer; and neither his master nor he know how to raise one of those figures called ‘judiciary’.
The original “You’re doing it Wrong!” kind of thinking…
In which Quixote watches a puppet show and acts outrageously.
The long and the short is that he attacks a puppet show because he doesn’t like how one the puppets acts, since it is supposed to be a knight.
In which Quixote makes a speech and is almost shot while Sancho is beaten yet again.
In conclusion, they found, that the town derided was sallied forth to attack another, which had laughed at them too much, and beyond what was fitting for good neighbours.
Ahhh yes, the old jolly “let us kill anyone who laughs at us” trick. Good fun, what?
Then, laying his hands to his nostrils, he [Sancho] began to bray…
But one of those, who stood close by him, believing he was making a mock of them, lifted up a pole he had in his hand, and gave him such a polt with it, as brought Sancho Panza to the ground.
All because Sancho just couldn’t shut up.
In which Sancho wants to go home and leave Quixote. Quixote talks him out of it.
“To retire is not to fly,” answered Don Quixote
Retrograde Advance to the Rear!
I say again, it would be much better for me, to return to my own house, and to my wife and children, to maintain and bring them up with the little God shall be pleased to give me,
Then go home! you chucklehead
In which they steal a boat and grind it up at a mill, which Quixote claims is a castle.
“I believe nothing of all this” answered Sancho…
“…since with my own eyes….yonder stand Rosinante and Dapple in the very place where we left them.”
So much for Quixotes’s 700 leagues
In which the pair meet up with some rich people who plan on using them as free entertainment.
I have reached the point of saturation. I can not take any more of these idiots. I shall take a break and then just read through this with no more note taking or comments.