"That must have been it," said Sancho, "for indeed Rocinante wentlike a gipsy's
ass with quicksilver in his ears."
"Quicksilver!" said Don Quixote, "aye and what is more, a legionof devils, folk
that can travel and make others travel without beingweary, exactly as the whim seizes
them. But putting this aside, whatthinkest thou I ought to do about my lady's command
to go and see her?For though I feel that I am bound to obey her mandate, I feel
too thatI am debarred by the boon I have accorded to the princess thataccompanies
us, and the law of chivalry compels me to have regardfor my word in preference to
my inclination; on the one hand thedesire to see my lady pursues and harasses me,
on the other mysolemn promise and the glory I shall win in this enterprise urge
andcall me; but what I think I shall do is to travel with all speed andreach quickly
the place where this giant is, and on my arrival I shallcut off his head, and establish
the princess peacefully in herrealm, and forthwith I shall return to behold the
light thatlightens my senses, to whom I shall make such excuses that she will beled
to approve of my delay, for she will see that it entirely tends toincrease her glory
and fame; for all that I have won, am winning, orshall win by arms in this life,
comes to me of the favour sheextends to me, and because I am hers."
"Ah! what a sad state your worship's brains are in!" said Sancho."Tell me, senor,
do you mean to travel all that way for nothing, andto let slip and lose so rich
and great a match as this where they giveas a portion a kingdom that in sober truth
I have heard say is morethan twenty thousand leagues round about, and abounds with
allthings necessary to support human life, and is bigger than Portugaland Castile
put together? Peace, for the love of God! Blush for whatyou have said, and take
my advice, and forgive me, and marry at oncein the first village where there is
a curate; if not, here is ourlicentiate who will do the business beautifully; remember,
I am oldenough to give advice, and this I am giving comes pat to thepurpose; for
a sparrow in the hand is better than a vulture on thewing, and he who has the good
to his hand and chooses the bad, thatthe good he complains of may not come to him."
"Look here, Sancho," said Don Quixote. "If thou art advising me tomarry, in order
that immediately on slaying the giant I may becomeking, and be able to confer favours
on thee, and give thee what I havepromised, let me tell thee I shall be able very
easily to satisfythy desires without marrying; for before going into battle I will
makeit a stipulation that, if I come out of it victorious, even I do notmarry, they
shall give me a portion portion of the kingdom, that I maybestow it upon whomsoever
I choose, and when they give it to me uponwhom wouldst thou have me bestow it but
"That is plain speaking," said Sancho; "but let your worship takecare to choose
it on the seacoast, so that if I don't like the life, Imay be able to ship off my
black vassals and deal with them as Ihave said; don't mind going to see my lady
Dulcinea now, but go andkill this giant and let us finish off this business; for
by God itstrikes me it will be one of great honour and great profit."
"I hold thou art in the right of it, Sancho," said Don Quixote, "andI will take
thy advice as to accompanying the princess before going tosee Dulcinea; but I counsel
thee not to say anything to any one, or tothose who are with us, about what we have
considered and discussed,for as Dulcinea is so decorous that she does not wish her
thoughtsto be known it is not right that I or anyone for me should disclosethem."
"Well then, if that be so," said Sancho, "how is it that yourworship makes all
those you overcome by your arm go to presentthemselves before my lady Dulcinea,
this being the same thing assigning your name to it that you love her and are her
lover? And asthose who go must perforce kneel before her and say they come fromyour
worship to submit themselves to her, how can the thoughts of bothof you be hid?"
"O, how silly and simple thou art!" said Don Quixote; "seest thounot, Sancho,
that this tends to her greater exaltation? For thoumust know that according to our
way of thinking in chivalry, it is ahigh honour to a lady to have many knights-errant
in her service,whose thoughts never go beyond serving her for her own sake, and
wholook for no other reward for their great and true devotion than thatshe should
be willing to accept them as her knights."
"It is with that kind of love," said Sancho, "I have heard preacherssay we ought
to love our Lord, for himself alone, without beingmoved by the hope of glory or
the fear of punishment; though for mypart, I would rather love and serve him for
what he could do."
"The devil take thee for a clown!" said Don Quixote, "and whatshrewd things thou
sayest at times! One would think thou hadststudied."
"In faith, then, I cannot even read."
Master Nicholas here called out to them to wait a while, as theywanted to halt
and drink at a little spring there was there. DonQuixote drew up, not a little to
the satisfaction of Sancho, for hewas by this time weary of telling so many lies,
and in dread of hismaster catching him tripping, for though he knew that Dulcinea
was apeasant girl of El Toboso, he had never seen her in all his life.Cardenio had
now put on the clothes which Dorothea was wearing whenthey found her, and though
they were not very good, they were farbetter than those he put off. They dismounted
together by the sideof the spring, and with what the curate had provided himself
with atthe inn they appeased, though not very well, the keen appetite theyall of
them brought with them.
While they were so employed there happened to come by a youthpassing on his way,
who stopping to examine the party at the spring,the next moment ran to Don Quixote
and clasping him round the legs,began to weep freely, saying, "O, senor, do you
not know me? Look atme well; I am that lad Andres that your worship released from
theoak-tree where I was tied."
Don Quixote recognised him, and taking his hand he turned to thosepresent and
said: "That your worships may see how important it is tohave knights-errant to redress
the wrongs and injuries done bytyrannical and wicked men in this world, I may tell
you that some daysago passing through a wood, I heard cries and piteous complaints
as ofa person in pain and distress; I immediately hastened, impelled bymy bounden
duty, to the quarter whence the plaintive accents seemed tome to proceed, and I
found tied to an oak this lad who now standsbefore you, which in my heart I rejoice
at, for his testimony will notpermit me to depart from the truth in any particular.
He was, I say,tied to an oak, naked from the waist up, and a clown, whom Iafterwards
found to be his master, was scarifying him by lashes withthe reins of his mare.
As soon as I saw him I asked the reason of socruel a flagellation. The boor replied
that he was flogging himbecause he was his servant and because of carelessness thatproceeded
rather from dishonesty than stupidity; on which this boysaid, 'Senor, he flogs me
only because I ask for my wages.' The mastermade I know not what speeches and explanations,
which, though Ilistened to them, I did not accept. In short, I compelled the clown
tounbind him, and to swear he would take him with him, and pay himreal by real,
and perfumed into the bargain. Is not all this true,Andres my son? Didst thou not
mark with what authority I commandedhim, and with what humility he promised to do
all I enjoined,specified, and required of him? Answer without hesitation; tellthese
gentlemen what took place, that they may see that it is as greatan advantage as
I say to have knights-errant abroad."
"All that your worship has said is quite true," answered the lad;"but the end
of the business turned out just the opposite of what yourworship supposes."
"How! the opposite?" said Don Quixote; "did not the clown pay theethen?"
"Not only did he not pay me," replied the lad, "but as soon asyour worship had
passed out of the wood and we were alone, he tiedme up again to the same oak and
gave me a fresh flogging, that left melike a flayed Saint Bartholomew; and every
stroke he gave me hefollowed up with some jest or gibe about having made a fool
of yourworship, and but for the pain I was suffering I should have laughed atthe
things he said. In short he left me in such a condition that Ihave been until now
in a hospital getting cured of the injurieswhich that rascally clown inflicted on
me then; for all which yourworship is to blame; for if you had gone your own way
and not comewhere there was no call for you, nor meddled in other people'saffairs,
my master would have been content with giving me one or twodozen lashes, and would
have then loosed me and paid me what he owedme; but when your worship abused him
so out of measure, and gave himso many hard words, his anger was kindled; and as
he could not revengehimself on you, as soon as he saw you had left him the storm
burstupon me in such a way, that I feel as if I should never be a managain."
"The mischief," said Don Quixote, "lay in my going away; for Ishould not have
gone until I had seen thee paid; because I ought tohave known well by long experience
that there is no clown who willkeep his word if he finds it will not suit him to
keep it; but thourememberest, Andres, that I swore if he did not pay thee I would
goand seek him, and find him though he were to hide himself in thewhale's belly."
"That is true," said Andres; "but it was of no use."
"Thou shalt see now whether it is of use or not," said DonQuixote; and so saying,
he got up hastily and bade Sancho bridleRocinante, who was browsing while they were
eating. Dorothea asked himwhat he meant to do. He replied that he meant to go in
search ofthis clown and chastise him for such iniquitous conduct, and seeAndres
paid to the last maravedi, despite and in the teeth of allthe clowns in the world.
To which she replied that he must rememberthat in accordance with his promise he
could not engage in anyenterprise until he had concluded hers; and that as he knew
thisbetter than anyone, he should restrain his ardour until his returnfrom her kingdom.
"That is true," said Don Quixote, "and Andres must have patienceuntil my return
as you say, senora; but I once more swear andpromise not to stop until I have seen
him avenged and paid."
"I have no faith in those oaths," said Andres; "I would ratherhave now something
to help me to get to Seville than all therevenges in the world; if you have here
anything to eat that I cantake with me, give it me, and God be with your worship
and allknights-errant; and may their errands turn out as well forthemselves as they
have for me."
Sancho took out from his store a piece of bread and another ofcheese, and giving
them to the lad he said, "Here, take this,brother Andres, for we have all of us
a share in your misfortune."
"Why, what share have you got?"
"This share of bread and cheese I am giving you," answered Sancho;"and God knows
whether I shall feel the want of it myself or not;for I would have you know, friend,
that we squires to knights-erranthave to bear a great deal of hunger and hard fortune,
and even otherthings more easily felt than told."
Andres seized his bread and cheese, and seeing that nobody gavehim anything more,
bent his head, and took hold of the road, as thesaying is. However, before leaving
he said, "For the love of God,sir knight-errant, if you ever meet me again, though
you may seethem cutting me to pieces, give me no aid or succour, but leave meto
my misfortune, which will not be so great but that a greater willcome to me by being
helped by your worship, on whom and all theknights-errant that have ever been born
God send his curse."
Don Quixote was getting up to chastise him, but he took to his heelsat such a
pace that no one attempted to follow him; and mightilychapfallen was Don Quixote
at Andres' story, and the others had totake great care to restrain their laughter
so as not to put himentirely out of countenance.
WHICH TREATS OF WHAT BEFELL DON QUIXOTE'S PARTY AT THE INN
Their dainty repast being finished, they saddled at once, andwithout any adventure
worth mentioning they reached next day theinn, the object of Sancho Panza's fear
and dread; but though hewould have rather not entered it, there was no help for
it. Thelandlady, the landlord, their daughter, and Maritornes, when theysaw Don
Quixote and Sancho coming, went out to welcome them with signsof hearty satisfaction,
which Don Quixote received with dignity andgravity, and bade them make up a better
bed for him than the lasttime: to which the landlady replied that if he paid better
than he didthe last time she would give him one fit for a prince. Don Quixotesaid
he would, so they made up a tolerable one for him in the samegarret as before; and
he lay down at once, being sorely shaken andin want of sleep.
No sooner was the door shut upon him than the landlady made at thebarber, and
seizing him by the beard, said:
"By my faith you are not going to make a beard of my tail anylonger; you must
give me back tail, for it is a shame the way thatthing of my husband's goes tossing
about on the floor; I mean the combthat I used to stick in my good tail."
But for all she tugged at it the barber would not give it up untilthe licentiate
told him to let her have it, as there was now nofurther occasion for that stratagem,
because he might declarehimself and appear in his own character, and tell Don Quixote
thathe had fled to this inn when those thieves the galley slaves robbedhim; and
should he ask for the princess's squire, they could tellhim that she had sent him
on before her to give notice to the peopleof her kingdom that she was coming, and
bringing with her thedeliverer of them all. On this the barber cheerfully restored
the tailto the landlady, and at the same time they returned all theaccessories they
had borrowed to effect Don Quixote's deliverance. Allthe people of the inn were
struck with astonishment at the beauty ofDorothea, and even at the comely figure
of the shepherd Cardenio.The curate made them get ready such fare as there was in
the inn,and the landlord, in hope of better payment, served them up atolerably good
dinner. All this time Don Quixote was asleep, andthey thought it best not to waken
him, as sleeping would now do himmore good than eating.