bachelor to stay, and do penance with him. The bachelor accepted of the invitation, and stayed: a couple of pigeons was added to the usual commons, and the conversation at table fell upon the subject of chivalry. Carrasco carried on the humour: the banquet was ended: they slept out the heat of the day: Sancho came back, and the former discourse was resumed.
Wherein Sancho Panza answers the bachelor Sampson Carrasco's doubts and questions; with other incidents worthy to be known and recited
SANCHO came back to Don Quixote's house, and, resuming the former discourse, in answer to what the bachelor Sampson Carrasco desired to be informed of, namely, by whom, when, and how the ass was stolen, he said:
'That very night, when, flying from the Holy Brotherhood, we entered into the Sierra Morena, after the unlucky adventure of the galley-slaves, and of the dead body that was carrying to Segovia, my master and I got into a thicket, where, he leaning upon his lance, and I sitting upon Dapple, being both of us mauled and fatigued by our late skirmishes, we fell asleep as soundly as if we had had four featherbeds under us; especially I for my part slept so fast, that the thief, whoever he was, had leisure enough to suspend me on four stakes, which he planted under the four corners of the pannel, and in this manner leaving me mounted thereon, got Dapple from under me, without my feeling it.'
'That is an easy matter, and no new accident,' said Don Quixote: 'for the like happened to Sacripante at the siege of Albracca, where that famous robber Brunello, by this selfsame invention, stole his horse from between his legs.'*
'The dawn appeared,' continued Sancho, 'and scarce had I stretched myself, when, the stakes giving way, down came I with a confounded squelch to the ground. I looked about for my ass, but saw him not: the tears came into my eyes, and I made such a lamentation, that if the author of our history has not set it down, he may make account he has omitted an excellent thing.
'At the end of I know not how many days, as I was accompanying