The Phantom Chapters of the Quijote

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CHAPTER V
CONCLUSION

From the foregoing, it is evident that the liaison between chapters in the Quijote is not a matter of occasional instances of freakish syntax, but on the contrary that every chapter, save only the very last,1 is stylistically conjoined with its neighbor. The text flows across the interruptions at the chapter junctions, and the flow occurs at many levels and with the aid of many devices.

In its most rudimentary form, the linking is effected by running a single, continuous construction across the gap between chapters. The outward appearance of this procedure is the simple fission of a syntactical unit; but Cervantes severs units of different order and greater magnitude, dividing passages of discourse, or of dialogue, and even entire short stories, sometimes at the mid-point, but also near the head or the close, or even between the body and the introduction; and sometimes he does so obviously, and sometimes with mischievous stealth.

Another procedure to achieve liaison is to leave the close of a chapter unresolved; and the ways of doing so range from constructing passages of prose that are rhetorically restless, all the way to calling into action the basic rhythms of the novel in order that the ripple of the lesser unit, the

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The last chapter of Part II is also linked to the anterior text, if we accept Hatzfeld's view, which was cited in the previous chapter.

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  • Title Page 5
  • Table of Contents 9
  • Chapter I - Introduction 11
  • Chapter II - Overflowing Chapter-Endings 21
  • Chapter III - Conjunctive Chapter-Openings 48
  • Chapter IV - Pseudo-Interruptions 83
  • Chapter V - Conclusion 104
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