Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Governor Sancho: a Second Solomon


Chapter XLIV
Because Sancho is anxious that he will forget his master’s good council, Quixote has it written down and gives it to Sancho who drops it, whereas it falls into the hands of the duchess and duke who are amazed at Quixote’s virtuous intellect.  Continuing the jest, they send Sancho off with a group of stewards, including the gentleman who played the part of Countess Trifaldi, to the island where he will serve as governor.  Meanwhile, Quixote, who is quite melancholy at the absence of his squire, cannot sleep and overhears a woman, Altisidora outside his window singing about how her heart is broken for loving Don Quixote and having to keep it secret; but Quixote holds fast to his Love, Dulcinea: “I was born to be hers and no one else’s.”
Chapter XLV
The duke has given to Sancho a village called the island of Barataria with about 1,000 inhabitants, and at Sancho’s arrival, the people jubilantly welcomed him.  Immediately he is seated upon his throne where several cases are immediately brought before him for judgment in which he rules with such wisdom and so amazes the people of the island that they believe him to be a  “second Solomon.”

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