Don Quixote: Part II: Chapters 23-30


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Chapter 23

In which Quixote relates a dream, believing it to be real. Skipped 9/10ths of this.


Chapter 24

In which there are many meetings of various people, which prepares us for future stories.


Chapter 25

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…


Chapter 26

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.


Chapter 27

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.


Chapter 28

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


Chapter 29

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


Chapter 30

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.


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Don Quixote: Part II: Chapters 17-22


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Chapter 17

In which Quixote fights lions but they won’t fight him.


The History relates, that, when Don Quixote called out to Sancho to bring him his helmet, he was buying some curds of the shepherds; …

he knew not what to do with them, nor how to bestow them: andthat he might no lose them, now they were paid for, he bethought him of clapping them into his master’s helmet…



What can this mean, Sancho? methinks my skull is softening or my brains melting,

We knew this from the beginning.


Don Quixote only observed him (the lion) with attention, wishing he would leap out from the car, and grapple with him, that he might tear him in pieces; to such a pitch of extravagance had his unheard-of madness transported him.

To bad he didn’t get his wish. My bet would have been on the lion.



Chapter 18

In which Quixote visits a house and Poetry ensues.



Chapter 19

In which Quixote and Sancho meet some people who invite them to a wedding. Said people fight amongst themselves but stay friends.


Both the scholars and the countrymen fell into the same admiration, that all others did at the first sight of Don Quixote, and eagerly desired to know what man this was, so different in appearance from other men.

Doesn’t ANYBODY mind their own business?


…but nowadays that is little regarded; for riches are able to solder up abundance of flaws.

Ha, times haven’t changed a bit


The wife is not a commodity, which, when once bought, you can exchange, or swap, or return.

He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from Jehovah. Proverbs 18:22



Chapter 20

In which they come to the wedding. Sancho stuffs his face and argues with Quixote.


The first thing that presented itself to Sancho’s  sight, was a whole bullock… round it were placed six pots…entire sheep were sunk and swallowed up in them… The hares…and the fowls…were without number…Sancho counted above three score skins, each of above twenty-four quarts….Cheeses ranged like bricks formed a kind of wall.

Sancho beheld all, considered all, and was in love with everything.

The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.


‘Good, your worship, judge of your own chivalries,’ answered Sancho, ‘and meddle not with judging of other men’s fears or valours.

Too bad more people don’t take this advice



Chapter 21

In which a wedding trick is played


‘Hold a little, inconsiderate and hasty people!’

…all knew him to be the gallant Basilius…

‘Long live the rich Camacho with the ungrateful Quiteria;’…

…and so saying…and drawing out a short tuck…he threw himself upon it; and in an instant half the bloody point appeared at his back.

Now THAT’S how you ruin a wedding!


‘For one so much wounded,’ quoth Sancho Panza at this period,  ‘this young man talks a great deal.’

It’s a TRAP -Admiral Ackbar


‘and pray, consider, that love and war are exactly alike;’

“All is fair in love and war” IS NOT from Shakespeare. I never knew that.



Chapter 22

In which Quixote and Sancho pick up a guide and head to some guide. AFTER they’ve stayed with the newlyweds for 3 DAYS!!!


Don Quixote affirmed, it could not nor ought to be called deceit, which aims at virtuous ends…

The Ends do not justify the Means


‘I for my part am not married, nor have I yet ever thought of being so: yet would I venture to give my advice to anyone,’

The worst kind of advice giver





Quixote and the Lion that wouldn’t Fight


Don Quixote: Part II: Chapters 14-16


Still plugging along here. I’m just in no rush at all.

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Chapter 14

In which the Knight of the Wood turns out to be an old “friend”.


I came, I saw, I conquered.

Quote from who?  Turns out to attributable to Julius Caesar.

As a side note, why the bloody phrack wasn’t that noted in the back? It is this kind of slipshod “notes” from E.C. Riley that is really turning me off this edition.


He saw, says the history, the very face…of the bachelor Samson Carrasco;

So the Knight of the Wood turns out to be the Bachelor. What a trouble maker! I hope he dies.


…Sancho, eyeing him more and more, with a loud voice of admiration, said:

‘Blessed Virgin, defend me! Is not this Tom Cecial, my neighbour and gossip?’

‘Indeed am I,’ answered the unnosed squire; ‘Tom Cecial I am, gossip and friend to Sancho Panza;’

Another trouble maker. A pox on them all!


Chapter 15

In which the Bachelor, being beaten by Quixote on the field of arms,  is a fool and blames Quixote for all his pains and plans his revenge


‘It is fit you should,’ answered Sampson; ‘but to think that I will return to mine, till I have soundly banged this same Don Quixote, is to be greatly mistaken; and it is not now the desire of curing him of his madness that prompts me to seek him, but a desire of being revenged on him; for the pain of my ribs will not let me entertain more charitable considerations.’

Yet is was Sampson, the Bachelor, who sought out Quixote under the guise of the Knight of the Wood. He has no one to blame but himself but like a true human, he assigns the blame elsewhere and shirks his responsibility in the matter.


Chapter 16

In which they meet another traveller who is beguiled by Quixote’s manner and not sure that he is mad at all.


‘God knows the truth,’ answered Sancho; who, well knowing that the transformation of Dulcinea was all his own plot and device, was not satisfied with his master’s chimerical notions, but would make no reply, let he should let fall some word that might discover his cheat.

How can he be so smart and yet so dumb? A mystery with no solution I am afraid


I have accomplished a great part of my design, succouring widows, protecting damsels, aiding married women and orphans; the natural and proper office of knights-errant. And thus, by many valorous and Christian exploits, I have merited the honour of being in print, in all, or most of the nations of the world.

What? When did those acts happen?   And that last sentence, sounds just like Special Snowflakes of today



1213_quixote_17Quixote meets the “Enchanted” Dulcinea of Sancho’s creation

Don Quixote: Part II: Chapters 9-13


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Chapter 9

In which Sancho admits that he never met the Lady Dulcinea or delivered Quixote’s letters to her and Quixote refuses to believe him.


‘Then lead on yourself, sir,’ answered Sancho:

Sancho’s got some fire in his belly!


Chapter 10

In which Sancho fools Quixote into thinking some random wench is Dulcinea


…because herein Don Quixote’s madness exceeds all bounds, and rises to the utmost pitch, even two bow shots beyond the greatest extravagance;

How is that even possible? What can he do to be any nuttier than in previous escapades?


…that among lovers, the external actions and gesture, when their loves are the subject, are most certain couriers; and bring infallible tidings of what passes in the inmost recesses of the soul.

That does it! Mrs Bookstooge is going to stand on one foot from now on whenever she talks about me, to show how much she loves me. Pure genius!


‘…they come mounted upon three pie-bellied belfreys…’

‘Palfreys, you would say, Sancho,’ quoth Don Quixote

‘There is no great difference, I think,’ answered Sancho, ‘between belfries and palfreys:’

Oh my goodness. This is why education is important and things like “ebonics” are an execration upon the face of Language. And don’t even get me started on ‘leet speek’!


Chapter 11

In which the duo meet some players and have their peace disturbed


“To you it belongs, Sancho, to revenge the affront offered to your Dapple; and I from hence will encourage and assist you with my voice, and with salutary instructions.”

I guess the “managerial spirit” existed in the 1600’s. Every Target manager and exec should read Quixote, to see how it Shouldn’t Be Done. Might make them not appear so ass-like and out of touch with reality


Chapter 12

In which they meet another Knight Errant in love and his squire


‘…for men have received divers wholesome instructions, and many lessons of importance, from beasts;…the vomit and gratitude from dogs…’

Eating lunch here!


Chapter 13

In which the 2 Squires blab and compare notes on their Masters


‘Really and truly, Senor Squire,’ answered he of the Wood, ‘I have resolved and determined with myself to quit the frolics of these knights-errant,…’

Best decision EVAH!


‘And, pray, what may be the age of the young lady you are breeding up for a countess?’ demanded he of the Wood.

‘Fifteen years, or thereabouts,’ answered Sancho: ‘but she is as tall as a lance, as fresh as an April morning, and as strong as a porter.’

‘These are qualifications,’ said he of the Woods, ‘not only for a countess, but for a nymph of the green grove. Ah, the whoreson young slut! how buxom must the jade be!”

What? Is he TRYING to pick a fight with Sancho?


‘… for they who seek adventures, do not always meet with good ones.’

My motto exactly! There will be no Adventures in my household!



Apparently, Sancho’s daughter was big into eyeshadow! Who knew?

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Don Quixote: Part II: Chapters 5-8


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Chapter 5

In which Sancho and his wife plan their future and their children’s future.  A total disconnect from reality, or in other words, total B.S.


“I tell you, wife”, answered Sancho, “that, did I not expect, ere long, to see myself a governor of an island, I should drop down dead upon the spot”

How naive can one man be?


Chapter 6

In which the Niece and the Maid attempt to reason with Quixote and fail miserably.


—without standing upon trifles, or upon the laws of duelling, —such as, whether our adversary bears a shorter or longer lance or sword,

He just changes the rules to please himself


‘were you not my niece… I would make such an example of you for the blasphemy you have uttered,’

but in Chapter 3 Quixote himself was saying how historians tell nothing but lies


and it will be in vain for you to tire yourselves in persuading me not to attempt what heaven requires, fortune ordains, and reason demands, and above all, what my inclination leads me to.

What he “wants”. Everything else is just excuses to bolster his own selfish wants.


Chapter 7

In which the Bachelor upsets all reason and Quixote & Sancho set out upon Adventure #3


“What I would be at”, quoth Sancho, “is, that your worship would be pleased to appoint me a certain salary, at so much per month, for the time I shall serve you,”

Sancho is learning


The bachelor… believed all he had read of him [Quixote], and concluded him to be one of the most solemn coxcombs of the age; and said to himself, that two such fools, as master and man, were never before seen in the world.


The curses, which the housekeeper and niece heaped upon the bachelor, were not to be numbered; they tore their hair, and scratched their faces,

I would have attempted violence upon Carasco himself [the Bachelor]


Chapter 8

In which Sancho argues eloquently and the pair head to Toboso to see Dulcinea


“There I have caught you,” quoth Sancho.

Where did this brilliance come from?


“What would you have me infer, Sancho, from all you have been saying?” quoth Don Quixote

“I would infer,” said Sancho, “that we had better turn saints immediately, and we shall then soon attain to that renown we aim at.

Wise words!!


In these and the like discourses they passed that night, and the following day, without any accident worth relating; whereat Don Quixote was not a little grieved.




Quixote & Sancho set out for even more Mis-Adventures

Don Quixote: Part II: Chapters 1-4


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In which Cervantes tells us why he wrote Part II. A rambling couple of pages of no significance.

…I know very well what the temptations of the devil are, and that one of the greatest is, the putting it into a man’s head that can write and print a book, which shall procure him as much fame as money, and as much money as fame:

Ok, so the indie attitude is as least 400 years old. I give up…


Chapter 1

In which it is evident that Quixote is not better and is as loony as ever.


‘That is true’, quoth the priest; who being delighted to hear him talk so wildly and extravagantly,

I am getting whiplash from Quixote’s friends. One minute they’re super concerned and bringing him home in a bloody cage, the next they’re encouraging him in his madness. Oy vey!


Chapter 2

In which Sancho reunites with Quixote and in the process of telling him what the villagers think of him, fires up Quixote’s imagination. Great.


In the meantime, tell me, friend friend Sancho, what do folks say of me about the town?

Glory hound!


Chapter 3

In which a student/professor, who is a fan of Quixote’s, comes to visit and they talk, inciting Quixote to go back to his Knight Errantry ways.


and historians, who are fond of venting falsehoods, should be burnt like coiners of false money.

Quixote sure changed his tune. Used to be that the books of Knight Errantry were truer than the Bible


…in order to the compiling histories, or books of any kind whatever, a man had need of a great deal of judgement and a mature understanding;

…not withstanding which, there are those, who compose books, and toss them out into the world like fritters!

Ha, sounds like Kindle Unlimited!


Chapter 4

In which Quixote is in bad company [Sancho and the Professor] and falls prey to his delusions of Knight Errantry once again.


…if this master of mine had taken my counsel, we had ere now been in the field, redressing grievances, and righting wrongs, as is the practice and usage of good knights-errant.’

Why do Quixote’s friends the barber and the priest, along with Quixote’s niece and housemaid, even allow Sancho into the house? The man eggs him on and with the professor, Quixote doesn’t stand a chance of thinking straight.


They agreed upon this, and that they should set out eight days after. Don Quixote enjoined the bachelor to keep it secret, especially from the priest and Master Nicholas, and from his niece and housekeeper, that they might not obstruct his honourable and valorous purpose. All which Carrassco promised…

Bad company indeed!




Much like Quixote himself




Don Quixote: Chapters 40-52

cfbd49198a00d27f5129a2d637e38a85Not really feeling like writing still, so much easier to just write an update on Don Quixote.  And even reading this has really slowed down as side story after side story, not dealing with Quixote or Sancho, bogs me down. Chapter 52 is the end of Part I.

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Chapters 40-52

Lots of side characters appear for a chapter, tell a long winded and boring story and then ride out of the scene.

Quixote, under the eyes of his friends the Priest and the Barber, continues his slow journey home. He fights with a goat herd [who has his own longwinded, boring tale], gets put in a cage by soldiers and attacks a group of villagers carrying an idol of  Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Ends with him being severely beaten by the villagers and getting home and recovering. Sancho is reunited with his wife and everyone blames the books Quixote reads instead of the bumbling fool himself.

To end Part I, I have to say, I wish Quixote had been let alone by his friends and been forced to pay the price of his extravagant delusions. Sancho, on the other hand, has really played the sidekick perfectly. He’ll fight with Quixote at the drop of a hat but woe betide anyone who tries to fight with Quixote. He’s a greedy idiot who still thinks he’s going to be the governor of some “island” even while being in the middle of Spain. He provided the humor for me where Quixote just annoyed me.



A fitting picture to end Part One of Don Quixote