Of the wise and pleasant discourse, which passed between Sancho Panza and his wife Teresa Panza.
THE translator of this history, coming to write this fifth chapter, says, he takes it to be apocryphal, because in it Sancho talks in another style than could be expected from his shallow understanding, and says such subtle things, that he reckons impossible that he should know them: nevertheless, he would not omit translating them, to comply with the duty of his office, and so went on, saying:
Sancho came home so gay and so merry, that his wife perceived his joy a bowshot off, insomuch that she could not but ask him,
'What is the matter, friend Sancho, you are so merry?'
which he answered:
'Dear wife, if it were God's will, I should be very glad not to be so well pleased as I appear to be.'
'Husband,' replied she, 'I understand you not, and know not what you mean by saying, you should be glad, if it were God's will, you were not so much pleased: now, silly as I am, I cannot guess how one can take pleasure in not being pleased.'
'Look you, Teresa,'* answered Sancho, 'I am thus merry, because I am resolved to return to the service of my master, Don Quixote, who is determined to make a third sally in quest of adventures; and I am to accompany him, for so my necessity will have it; besides I am pleased with the hopes of finding another hundred crowns, like those we have spent: though it grieves me, that I must part from you and my children, and if God would be pleased to give me bread, dryshod and at home, without dragging me over rough and smooth, and through thick and thin (which He might do at a small expense, and by only willing it so), it is plain, my joy would be more firm and solid, since it is now mingled with sorrow for leaving you: so that I said right, when I said, I should be glad, if it were God's will, I were not so well pleased.'
'Look you, Sancho,' replied Teresa, 'ever since you have been a member of a knight-errant, you talk in such a round-about manner, that there is nobody understands you.'
'It is enough that God understands me, wife,' answered Sancho; 'for He is the understander of all things; and so much for that: and