he took up his lodging on the Peña Pobre* whether for eight years or eight months I know not, for I am not perfect in his history. It is sufficient that there he was, doing penance for I know not what distaste shown to him by the lady Oriana. But let us have done with this, Sancho, and dispatch, before such another misfortune happens to the ass as hath befallen Rosinante.'
'That would be the devil, indeed,' quoth Sancho.
And sending forth thirty alas's, and sixty sighs, and a hundred and twenty curses on whosoever had brought him hither, he raised himself up, but stayed bent by the way, like a Turkish bow, entirely unable to stand upright: and with all this fatigue he made a shift to saddle his ass, who had also taken advantage of that day's excessive liberty, to go a little astray. He then heaved up Rosinante, who, had he had a tongue to complain with, most certainly would not have been outdone either by Sancho or his master. In fine, Sancho settled Don Quixote upon the ass, and tying Rosinante by the head to his tail, led them both by the halter, proceeding now faster, now slower, towards the place where he thought the road might lie. And he had scarce gone a short league, when fortune (which was conducting his affairs from good to better) discovered to him the road, in which he espied an inn; which, to his sorrow and Don Quixote's joy, must needs be a castle. Sancho positively maintained it was an inn, and his master that it was a castle; and the obstinate dispute lasted so long, that they had time to arrive there before it ended; and without more ado Sancho entered into it with his string of cattle.
Of what happened to the ingenious gentleman in the inn, which he imagined to be a castle.
THE innkeeper, seeing Don Quixote laid across the ass, inquired of Sancho, what ailed him? Sancho answered him, that it was nothing but a fall from a rock, whereby his ribs were somewhat bruised. The innkeeper had a wife of a different disposition from those of the like occupation; for she was naturally charitable, and touched with the misfortunes of her neighbours: so that she presently set herself to cure Don Quixote, and made her daughter, a very comely young