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text 2017-04-09 22:57
Don Quixote: Part II: Chapters 5-8
Don Quixote de la Mancha (Oxford World's Classics) - Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra,Charles Jarvis,E.C. Riley


Up to page 540


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








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.






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Don Quixote: Part II: Chapters 1-4
Don Quixote de la Mancha (Oxford World's Classics) - Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra,Charles Jarvis,E.C. Riley

Up to page 515


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 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



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Don Quixote: Chapters 40-52
Don Quixote de la Mancha (Oxford World's Classics) - Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra,Charles Jarvis,E.C. Riley

Don Quixote: Chapters 40-52

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Don Quixote: Chapters 33-39
Don Quixote de la Mancha (Oxford World's Classics) - Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra,Charles Jarvis,E.C. Riley

Up to page 371


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




Chapter 33


In which the story in the story begins. 2 friends, Lothario and Anselmo are introduced and show their true, base natures.


...that the thing which disquiets me is, a desire to know whether my wife Camilla be as good and as perfect as I imagine her to be;

Of course not! She's human too, you dolt



...doing a thing in itself so detestable as that you require of me?

A good friend warns as well as encourages



...one should not lay stumbling-blocks in her way to make her trip and fall, but rather remove them, and clear the way before her, that she may without hindrance advance towards her proper perfection,

The duty of a husband is to help his wife, not test her



I fly the good and pursue the evil.


And therefore some art must be made use of to cure me; and it may be done with ease only by your beginning to court Camillia.

Anselmo is a scumbag!!!!



Lothario....finding he[Anselmo] threatened to impart his extravagant desire to some other person, resolved, in order to avoid a greater evil, to gratify him and undertake what he desire,...

Why?!? How is a scandal a greater evil than the evil of trying to seduce your best friend's wife, at his behest? Ugh



But what he had said was sufficient to leave Lothario abashed and confounded: who, thinking his honour touched by being caught in a lie,...

What about the "honor" of his friend and wife?



...quite overturned Lothario's integrity.

Sin destroys, period.



Chapter 34


In which the story of Lothario, Anselmo and Camilla continue.



...but you had first seen, in his eyes, in his sighs, in his expressions, in his promises, and his presents...

how worthy Lothario was of your love.

What kind of sick twisted thinking is THAT!?!?



He is...faithful...honourable...

I don't think so



...and I am afraid of some unlucky event from this quarter.

Your sins WILL find you out



Anselmo now remained...deceived.


and the iniquity, until then so artfully concealed...cost poor Anselmo his life.




Chapter 35


In which the end of the story within the story concludes. And we get an interlude from the inn where Don Quixote fights in his dreams and kills a giant, which turns out to be an 18gallon wine skin.


He [Quixote] was in his shirt, which was not quite long enough before to cover his thighs, and was six inches short behind;

Swinging in the breeze. Ohhh, I can't cover my mental eyes. Stab, stab, stab



Anselmo perceived somebody walking in Leonela's chamber...he saw a man leap down from the window into the street; and running hastily to stop him, or to see who he was, he could do neither: for Leonela clung about him crying:

"Dear sir, be calm...he is my husband"

Anselmo would not believe Leonela, but, blind with rage, drew his poniard, and offered to stab her, assuring, that, if she did not tell him the whole truth, he would kill her;


A bit of an over reaction to his maid's husband, don't you think?



This was the end of them all, an end sprung from an extravagant rashness at the beginning.

Anselmo wants to be cuckolded, but when he is, it kills him. What a fool and what a horrible friend Lothario was.



Chapter 36


In which Cardenio [the madman] is reunited with his love Lucinda, Dorothea gets her man Fernando and Sancho is devastated upon realizing that Dorothea is not an actual Princess.



...that the generous heart of Don Fernando, being nourished with noble blood, was softened...

yes, SO noble. Sleeps around, steals his friends love, abandons his wife, kidnaps an almost nun. Yep, REAL noble.



Chapter 37


A noble and his moorish lady join everyone at the inn. Quixote begins to discourse on Knight Warranty.


'I tell thee, Sancho,' said  Don Quixote, 'thou art an ass;'

From the horses mouth



Don Quixote went on with his discourse in such a manner, and in such proper expressions, that none of those who heard him at that time could take him for a madman.

Madness was equated to craziness at all times in their minds



Chapter 38


In which Quixote blabbers on. The mysterious noble prepares to tell his tale. Not much Quixote in the lst few chapters.



To this arms answer, that laws cannot be supported without them: for by arms republics are defended, kingdoms are preserved, cities are guarded, highways are secured, and the seas are cleared from corsairs and pirates;

♪War♪Huh, What is it good for?!?♪ 

Apparently more than that idiot who wrote that song realized.



'A blessing on those happy ages, strangers to the dreadful fury of those devilish instruments of artillery, whose inventor, I verily believe, is now in hell receiving the reward of his diabolical invention; by means of which it is in the power of a cowardly and base hand to take away the life of the bravest cavalier,and to whichis owing, that without knowing how, or from whence, in the midst of that resolution and bravery, which inflames and animates gallant spirits, comes a chance ball, shot off by one, who, perhaps, fled and was frighted at the very flash in the pan, and in an instant cuts short and puts an end to the thoughts and life of him who deserved to have lived for many ages.

Holy smokes, that was ONE sentence. He makes Paul seem withdrawn and downright taciturn.



Chapter 39


In which a long speech is given about various battles and names which leads to the revelation that the Mystery Noble knows Don Fernando's brother.







Quixote fighting the Giants, err, Giant Wineskins that is


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Don Quixote: Chapters 30-32
Don Quixote de la Mancha (Oxford World's Classics) - Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra,Charles Jarvis,E.C. Riley

Up to page 298


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





Chapter 30


In which Dorothea spins her tale to lure Quixote back to his village and in which Quixote and Sancho fight yet again over Sancho's promised reward.



"But, dear madam, how came you to land at Osuna?" answered Don Quixote, "since it is no seaport town."

What a mix of madness and reason. He swallows her tale of giants and prophecies without a blink but waffles at her choice of town?



"I have found it so," answered Sancho; "and so, in me, the desire of talking is always a first motion, and I cannot forbear uttering, for once at least, whatever comes to my tongue's end."

Brainless buffoon



"There is another thing remarkable in it," said the priest, "which is, that, setting aside the follies this honest gentleman utters in everything relating to his madness, he can discourse very sensibly upon other points, and seems to have a clear and settled judgement in all things;"...

Glad Cervantes brings this up even while not answering it.  And my goodness, does he like to use commas.



Chapter 31


In which Sancho and Quixote talk about Sancho's rewards, as Sancho sees the subject. Also, one of those that Quixote has "helped" in former chapters meets him, remonstrates against him and begs him to leave well enough alone.



...will you let slip so considerable a match as this, when the dowry is a kingdom, which I have heard say, is above twenty thousand leagues in circumference,...

Now Sancho is just making things up because he is greedy!



"I have heard it preached," quoth Sancho, "that God is to be loved with this kind of love, for Himself alone, without our being moved to it by the hope of reward, or the fear of punishment: though for my part, I am inclined to love and serve Him for what He is able to do for me."

Just when I thought Sancho couldn't sink any lower.  And this is how the majority of the world views God, ugh. What dull, fallen, humanity.



[Andres] "And your worship is in the fault of all this; for had you gone on your way, and not come where you was not called, nor meddled with other folk's business..."

The lament, no doubt, to be voiced again and again through the book.



Chapter 32


In which the group stops at an inn, previously used by Quixote and Sancho. Said innkeeper thinks his books of chivalry are books of fact and no amount of arguing can convince him otherwise. He brings one out to read to the company.


The seemingly usual position of Quixote and Sancho. Upended ass over teakettle.


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