Don Quixote de la Mancha

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Don Quixote de la Mancha

SECOND PART

CHAPTER 1
Of what passed between the priest, the barber, and Don Quixote, concerning his indisposition.

CID HAMET BEN ENGELI relates, in the second part of this history,
and third sally of Don Quixote, that the priest and the barber were
almost a whole month* without seeing him, lest they should renew
and bring back to his mind the remembrance of things past. Yet they
did not therefore forbear visiting his niece and his housekeeper,
charging them to take care and make much of him, and to give him
comforting things to eat, such as are proper for the heart and brain,
from whence, in all appearance, his disorder proceeded. They said
they did so, and would continue so to do with all possible care and
goodwill; for they perceived that their master was ever and anon
discovering signs of being in his right mind: whereat the priest and
the barber were greatly pleased, as thinking they had hit upon the
right course in bringing him home enchanted upon the ox-wagon, as
is related in the last chapter of the first part of this no less great than
exact history. They resolved, therefore, to visit him, and make trial of
his amendment; though they reckoned it almost impossible he
should be cured; and agreed between them not to touch in the least
upon the subject of knight-errantry, lest they should endanger the
ripping up a sore that was yet so tender.

In fine, they made him a visit, and found him sitting on his bed, clad in a waistcoat of green baize, with a red Toledo bonnet on his head, and so lean and shrivelled, that he seemed as if he was reduced to a mere mummy. They were received by him with much kindness: they inquired after his health; and he gave them an account both of it and of himself with much judgement, and in very elegant expres-

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