Don Quixote read-along.
Part 2, chapters 11-20
As mentioned some time ago, I have decided to pursue my reading of Don Quixote with Lory of The Emerald City.
As we had already read Part I, we started together at Part 2.
You can read here her comments and mine on the first chapters, posted on April 7.
I have been very slow on this, because of other time consuming projects, and also technical issues. But I have found a solution, and now plan to keep reading on a regular basis.
So without further ado, here are my (meager) comments for chapters 11-20.
I’m sure Lory will have much more to add, so please come back to read her comments.
In this part, I find Sancho morphing more and more, and definitely much more cultivated and apt with words:
Sancho recalled him from his reverie. “Melancholy, senor,” said he, “was made, not for beasts, but for men; but if men give way to it overmuch they turn to beasts; control yourself, your worship; be yourself again; gather up Rocinante’s reins; cheer up, rouse yourself and show that gallant spirit that knights-errant ought to have. What the devil is this? What weakness is this? Are we here or in France?
Don Quixote himself sees him as the “good Sancho, sensible Sancho, Christian Sancho, honest Sancho”.
But of course, more crazy adventures are expected.
Chapter 16 on poetry is not without recalling all the passages in the first part about chivalry novels, though Don Quixote manifests here a very open mind in the matter. Who is, by the way, still considered by others as a madman (see chapter 17).
I really enjoyed the confusion introduced by the “Knight of Mirrors” who claims he has vanquished Don Quixote, and how the dialogue evolves between them. Though Sancho recognizes the squire as his neighbor!
As usual though, Don Quixote cannot accept such a simple truth that would not involve some type of magic!
WHAT DO YOU THINK
ABOUT THESE CHAPTERS?
ANYTHING SPECIAL STRIKES YOU?