Don Quixote de la Mancha

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our village; and we shall get thither by the day after to-morrow at farthest.'

Sancho replied, he might order that as he pleased; but, for his part, he was desirous to make an end of the business, out of hand, and in hot blood, and while the mill was grinding; for usually the danger lies in the delay; and, Pray to God devoutly, and hammer out stoutly; and, One take is worth two I'll give thee's; and, A bird in hand is better than a vulture on the wing.

'No more proverbs, Sancho, for God's sake,' quoth Don Quixote; 'for, methinks, you are going back to Sicut erat.* Speak plainly, and without flourishes, as I have often told you, and you will find it a loaf per cent, in your way.

'I know not how I came to be so unlucky,' answered Sancho, 'that I cannot give a reason without a proverb, nor a proverb which does not seem to me to be a reason; but I will mend if I can.'

And thus ended the conversation for that time.


CHAPTER 72
How Don Quixote and Sancho arrived at their village.

DON QUIXOTE and Sancho stayed all the day in that village, at the inn, waiting for night; the one to finish his task of whipping in the fields, and the other to see the success of it, in which consisted the accomplishment of his wishes.

At this juncture came a traveller on horseback to the inn, with three or four servants, one of whom said to him who seemed to be the master of them:

'Here, Señor Don Alvaro Tarfe,* your worship may pass the heat of the day: the lodging seems to be cool and cleanly.'

Don Quixote, hearing this, said to Sancho:

'I am mistaken, Sancho, if when I turned over the Second Part of my history, I had not a glimpse of this Don Alvaro Tarfe.'

'It may be so,' answered Sancho: 'let him first alight, and then we will question him.'

The gentleman alighted, and the landlady showed him into a ground room, opposite to that of Don Quixote's, hung likewise with painted serge. This new-arrived cavalier undressed and equipped

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