Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Enchanted Head


Chapter LXII
Quixote’s and Sancho’s host is Don Antonio Moreno, and he has plenty of amusing jests planned for his guests during their visit, such as: stitching parchment on the back of Quixote’s coat that reads “This is Don Quixote of La Mancha,” and taking him through the city streets in plain dress so that Quixote is amazed at how many know him apart from his armor.  In addition, Don Moreno introduces Quixote and Sancho to his enchanted sculptured head that answers questions, to which the knight asks if the whippings of Sancho would satisfy the disenchantment of Dulcinea; the enchanted head affirms Quixote’s question.
Chapter LXIII
This day they visit a galley and are greeted with an elaborate ceremony by the general and its crew, but once they put out to sea, an adventure develops: the galley chases a brigantine vessel and orders it to surrender, when two drunk Turks shoot and kill two soldiers aboard the galley; therefore the galley overtakes the smaller vessel and prepares to hang the master and its entire crew.  However, the master is a young Christian woman who tells her tale to the general of the galley, and low and behold, it is the daughter of Ricote (remember him from Chapter LIV?) who just so happens to be walking aboard the galley where he throws himself at his daughter’s feet and is reunited with her.  She, of course, is released of her hanging, as well as the rest of the crew.

4 comments:

  1. Wow! You covered a lot of ground today with DQ. How are you feeling?

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  2. I am feeling much better, but still off my feet, WHICH has provided me the opportunity to finally finish Don Quixote right now!

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  3. I know what you mean. Tonight, I showed my husband your blog. I pointed out how much you usually post compared with what you have posted today.(Knowing of course that you are in recovery and relieved from your normal responsibilities.)
    He said, "It is amazing what a woman can accomplish when she has a little free time."
    You are getting really close. So exciting. DQ is the toughest book on the WEM list I've read so far.

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    1. I would be laughing really hard right now, but it hurts to laugh!!!

      I am encouraged that you say DQ is the toughest on the list (so far) b/c I found its size daunting, yet it turned out to be enjoyable reading.

      Whew!

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