Saturday, March 24, 2012

Sansón Carrasco is a Killjoy!

Chapter LXIV
Several days later, Don Quixote crosses paths with a knight, who calls himself the Knight of the White Moon, and he entreats Quixote to enter into combat with himself over the claim that his unknown mistress is more beautiful than Dulcinea; Don Quixote accepts the challenge promptly along with the conditions that if Quixote is vanquished he must return home and abstain from knight-errantry for a year.  This was not a jest, as Don Moreno nor the viceroy knew about this, and as the challenge was agreed upon, Quixote is beaten suddenly; totally dejected, he calls himself “the most unfortunate knight on earth,” and requests the Knight of the White Moon “take away my life, since you have robbed me of my honor.”  Nonetheless, the winning knight declares Lady Dulcinea’s beauty, but demands that Quixote depart to his village in harmony with their arrangements made before the encounter.
Chapter LXV
This was obvious: when Don Moreno follows after the Knight of the White Moon to learn of his identity, he reveals that he is the bachelor Sansón Carrasco implored to rescue Don Quixote from his madness for the sake of Quixote’s desperate friends; although Don Moreno does not agree the scheme will be successful, he promises not to disclose his true identity to Quixote.  More importantly, Don Moreno is disappointed that Sansón Carrasco is “robbing the world of the most diverting madman who was ever seen,” and “the drollery of his squire, Sancho Panza, which is enough to transform melancholy itself into mirth.”

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