instant, 'has no poet written a satire upon this lady Angelica, among so many who have sung her praises?'
'I verily believe,' answered Don Quixote, 'that, if Sacripante or Orlando had been poets, they would long ago have paid her off; for it is peculiar and natural to poets, disdained or rejected by their false mistresses, or such as were feigned in effect by those who chose them to be the sovereign ladies of their thoughts, to revenge themselves by satires and lampoons: a vengeance certainly unworthy a generous spirit. But hitherto I have not met with any defamatory verses against the lady Angelica, though she turned the world upside down.'
'Strange, indeed!' quoth the priest.
But now they heard the voice of the housekeeper and the niece, who had already quitted the conversation, and were bawling aloud in the courtyard; and they all ran towards the noise.
Which treats of the notable quarrel between Sancho Panza and Don Quixote's niece and housekeeper, with other pleasant occurrences.
THE history relates, that the outcry which Don Quixote, the priest, and the barber heard, was raised by the niece and the housekeeper, who were defending the door against Sancho Panza, who was striving to get in to see Don Quixote.
'What would thxis paunchgutted fellow have in this house?' said they: 'get to your own, brother; for it is you, and no other, by whom our master is seduced, and led astray, and carried rambling up and down the highways.'
To which Sancho replied:
'Mistress housekeeper for the devil, it is I that am seduced, and led astray, and carried rambling up and down the highways, and not your master: it was he who led me this dance, and you deceive yourselves half in half. He inveigled me from home with fair speeches, promising me an island, which I still hope for.'
'May the damned islands choke thee, accursed Sancho,' answered the niece; 'and, pray, what are islands? are they anything eatable, glutton, cormorant as thou art?'