Monday, February 27, 2012

The Quest of Winning Fame


Chapter VII
The housekeeper seeks out Carrasco and pleads with him to return to the house to sway Don Quixote and Sancho from leaving again, and he obliges; while Sancho attempts to persuade Quixote to pay him a wage as his squire, but it is of no use as Quixote is certain he can find another squire willing to serve him without wages.  After Carrasco arrives, he bids Quixote and Sancho leave in three days time to continue their adventures as knight and squire, greatly offending and insulting the housekeeper and niece and causing them to tear their hair and faces in distress.
Chapter VIII
On the road to El Toboso in order that Quixote may receive the blessing and permission of Dulcinea, Sancho and his master have a discussion about the powerful incentive of winning fame.  Quixote explains that “great deeds are a manifestation of the love of fame that mortal men desire to win by notable exploits,” and that Christians must “slay pride by killing giants, envy by generous and noble bearing, anger by calm behavior and equanimity, gluttony and drowsiness by fasting and long vigil, self-indulgence and lust by steadfast loyalty to the mistress of their heart, and sloth by roaming everywhere in quest of opportunity of becoming famous knights as well as Christians;” but Sancho is sure that it is better to be a humble friar than a valiant knight-errant.

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