place he has governed, to submit to a judicature, and render an account of his administration. When your lordship has done so for the ten days you have held the government, you shall depart, and God's peace be with you.'
'Nobody can require that of me,' answered Sancho, 'but whom my lord duke shall appoint. To him I am going, and to him it shall be given exactly: besides, departing naked as I do, there needs surely no other proof of my having governed like an angel.'
'Before God, the great Sancho is in the right,' quoth doctor Pedro Recio, 'and I am of opinion we should let him go; for the duke will be infinitely glad to see him.'
They all consented, and suffered him to depart, offering first to bear him company, and to furnish everything he desired, for the use of his person, and the conveniency of his journey. Sancho said, he desired only a little barley for Dapple, and half a cheese and half a loaf for himself; for, since the way was so short, he stood in need of nothing more, nor any other provision. They all embraced him, and he weeping, embraced them again, and left them in admiration, as well at his discourse, as at his so resolute and discreet determination.
Which treats of matters relating to this history and to no other.
THE duke and duchess resolved, that Don Quixote's challenge of their vassal, for the cause above mentioned, should go forward; and, though the young man was in Flanders, whither he was fled to avoid having Doña Rodriguez for his mother-in-law, they gave orders for putting in his place a Gascon lackey called Tosilos, instructing him previously in everything he was to do. About two days after, the duke said to Don Quixote, that his opponent would be there in four days, and present himself in the lists, armed as a knight, and would maintain, that the damsel lied by half the beard, and even by the whole beard, if she said he had given her a promise of marriage. Don Quixote was highly delighted with the news, and promised himself to do wonders upon the occasion, esteeming it a special happiness, that an opportunity offered of demonstrating to their grandeurs how far the valour of his puissant arm extended; and so, with pleasure