Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Most Talkative Squire


Chapter XI
A dejected Quixote went away with Sancho until they came upon a traveling company of actors and inquired of their business, and as one of the actors explained to Quixote who they were, clearing any idea of this being a new adventure, one of the company frightened Rozinate, who ran off with Quixote.   Sancho ran after his master, only to lose his own mule to the same individual who frightened Rozinate, and Quixote valiantly rode after them to retrieve the mule and seek justice; but as a knight cannot do battle with those who have not be dubbed a knight, he offered Sancho an opportunity to resolve the issue, although Sancho, being a Christian, chose wisely to walk away. 
Chapter XII
Moving along, Quixote remarks that Sancho is “becoming less doltish and more wise,” and Sancho suggests that Quixote’s “talk has been the dung that has fallen upon the barren soil of [Sancho’s] poor wit and that the time during which [he has] served [Quixote] and enjoyed [Quixote’s] company has been the tillage.”  Later, while sleeping, Quixote is awakened by another knight and his squire who stop near by to rest, and upon hearing the knight sing a sad love song, he and Sancho make themselves known to him to speak to him; and after a few exchanges of words the knight comments that he has never known a squire to dare speak while his master is speaking.

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