Of what passed between Don Quixote, his niece, and housekeeper; one of the most important chapters of the whole history.
WHILE Sancho Panza and his wife Teresa Cascajo were holding the foregoing impertinent dialogue, Don Quixote's niece and housekeeper were not idle; who, guessing by a thousand signs that their uncle and master would break loose the third time, and return to the exercise of his (for them) unlucky knight-errantry, endeavoured by all possible means to divert him from so foolish a design: but it was all preaching in the desert, and hammering on cold iron. However, among many other various reasonings, which passed between them, the housekeeper said to him:
'Sir, if your worship will not tarry quietly at home, and leave this rambling over hills and dales like a disturbed ghost, in quest of those same adventures, which I call misadventures, I am resolved to complain aloud to God and the king to put a stop to it.'
To which Don Quixote replied:
'Mistress Housekeeper, what answer God will return to your complaints, I know not; and what his majesty will answer, as little: I only know that, if I were king, I would dispense myself from answering that infinity of impertinent memorials, which are everyday presented to him: for, one of the greatest fatigues a king undergoes, is, the being obliged to hear and answer everybody; and therefore I should be loath my concerns should give him any trouble.'
To which the housekeeper replied:
'Pray, sir, are there not knights in his majesty's court?' 'Yes,' answered Don Quixote, 'there are many; and it is fitting there should, for the ornament and grandeur of princes, and for the ostentation of the royal dignity.'
'Would it not then be better,' replied she, 'that your worship should be one of them, and quietly serve your king and lord at court?'
'Look you, friend,' answered Don Quixote, 'all knights cannot be courtiers, neither can, nor ought, all courtiers to be knights-errant: there must be of all sorts in the world; and though we are all knights, there is a great deal of difference between us: for the courtiers, without stirring out of their apartments, or over the threshold,