despise her, though she be the best of all my flock. This is the story I promised to tell you: if I have been tedious in the relation I will endeavour to make you amends by my service: my cottage is hard by, where I have new milk, and very savoury cheese, with variety of fruits of the season, not less agreeable to the sight than to the taste.'
Of the quarrel between Don Quixote and the goatherd, with the rare adventure of the disciplinants, which he happily accomplished with the sweat of his brow.
THE goatherd's tale gave a general pleasure to all that heard it, especially to the canon, who, with an unusual curiosity, took notice of his manner of telling it, in which he discovered more of the polite courtier, than of the rude goatherd; and therefore he said, that the priest was very much in the right in affirming that the mountains produced men of letters. They all offered their service to Eugenio; but the most liberal of his offers upon this occasion was Don Quixote, who said to him:
'In truth, brother goatherd, were I in a capacity of undertaking any new adventure, I would immediately set forward to do you a good turn, by fetching Leandra out of the nunnery, in which, doubtless, she is detained against her will, in spite of the abbess and all opposers, and putting her into your hands, to be disposed of at your pleasure, so far as is consistent with the laws of chivalry, which enjoin that no kind of violence be offered to damsels: though I hope in God our Lord, that the power of one malicious enchanter shall not be so prevalent, but that the power of another and a betterintentioned one may prevail over it; and then I promise you my aid, and protection, as I am obliged by my profession, which is no other than to favour the weak and necessitous.'
The goatherd stared at Don Quixote; and observing his bad plight and scurvy appearance, he whispered the barber, who sat next him:
'Pray, sir, who is this man, who makes such a strange figure, and talks so extravagantly?'
'Who should it be,' answered the barber, 'but the famous Don Quixote de la Mancha, the redresser of injuries, the righter of