master's hands: for one alone he could not, they both being tied together. Then the goblins took the cage on their shoulders, and placed it on the wagon.
Of the strange and wonderful manner in which Don Quixote de la Mancha was enchanted, with other remarkable occurrences.
DON QUIXOTE, finding himself cooped up in this manner, and placed upon a cart, said:
'Many and most grave histories have I read of knights-errant; but I never read, saw, or heard of enchanted knights being carried away after this manner,* and so slowly as these lazy, heavy animals seem to promise. For they always used to be carried through the air with wonderful speed, wrapped up in some thick and dark cloud, or in some chariot of fire, or mounted upon a hippogriff, or some such beast. But to be carried upon a team drawn by oxen, by the living God, it puts me into confusion! But, perhaps, the chivalry and enchantments of these our times may have taken a different turn from those of the ancients; and perhaps also, as I am a new knight in the world, and the first who have revived the long-forgotten exercise of knight-errantry, there may have been lately invented other kinds of enchantments, and other methods of carrying away those that are enchanted. What think you of this, son Sancho?'
'I do not know what I think,' answered Sancho, 'not being so well read as your worship in scriptures-errant. Yet I dare affirm and swear, that these hobgoblins here about us are not altogether Catholic.'
'Catholic! my father!' answered Don Quixote; 'how can they be Catholic, being devils, who have assumed fantastic shapes, on purpose to come and put me into this state? And if you would be convinced of this, touch them and feel them, and you will find they have no bodies but of air, consisting in nothing but appearance only.'
'Before God, sir,' replied Sancho, 'I have already touched them, and this devil, who is so very busy here about us, is as plump as a partridge, and has another property very different from what people say your devils are wont to have: for it is said, they all smell of