Don Quixote de la Mancha

By Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra; Charles Jarvis et al. | Go to book overview

bread upon a tablecloth, with the other idle whims he then added, till he had revenged his death. In like manner will I take no rest, but traverse the seven parts of the universe, with more punctuality than did the infante Don Pedro of Portugal,* till she be disenchanted."

'"All this and more your worship owes my lady," answered the damsel.

'And, taking the four reals, instead of making me a curtsy, she cut a caper full two yards high in the air.'

'O holy God!' cried Sancho aloud at this juncture, 'is it possible there should be such an one in the world, and that enchanters and enchantments should have such power over him, as to change my master's good understanding into so extravagant a madness? O sir! sir! for God's sake, look to yourself, and stand up for your honour, and give no credit to these vanities, which have diminished and decayed your senses.'

'It is your love of me, Sancho, makes you talk at this rate,' quoth Don Quixote; 'and not being experienced in the things of the world, you take everything, in which there is the least difficulty, for impossible: but the time will come, as I said before, when I shall tell you some other of the things I have seen below, which will make you give credit to what I have now told you, the truth of which admits of no reply or dispute.'


CHAPTER 24
In which are recounted a thousand impertinences necessary to the right understanding of this grand history.

THE translator of this grand history from the original, written by its first author Cid Hamet Ben Engeli, says, that coming to the chapter of the adventure of the cave of Montesinos, he found in the margin these words of Hamet's own handwriting:

'I cannot persuade myself, or believe, that all that is mentioned in the foregoing chapter happened to the valorous Don Quixote exactly as it is there written: the reason is, because all the adventures hitherto related might have happened and are probable; but in this of the cave I find no possibility of its being true, as it exceeds all reasonable bounds. But for me to think, that Don Quixote, being a gentleman of

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