Sancho gives a weak account for the missing links in the history regarding his unexplained disappearance and reappearance of his mule, and the result of the missing hundred crowns; after which the three men discuss a possible sequel to the history, the purpose for writing the history at all, and the idea of governing islands, which cannot leave Sancho’s heart or mind. Quixote and Sancho vow to give the author more adventures to record in a possible second part as they plot to leave in secret in eight days.
Sancho joyfully returns home and has this dubious conversation, which does not suit his intellect, with his wife, Teresa: since he is planning on serving his master again in search of further adventures in order that he may earn his governorship, their daughter will need to marry high up. Although Teresa disagrees because she is concerned that if she does not marry her equal, she will not be respected, she yields to her husband’s will.
While Quixote’s niece and housekeeper are on to him and his plan, they confront him, and he responds with an articulate argument about four kinds of positions of birth: (1) humble beginnings increasing to greatness; (2) high beginnings continuing and maintaining this position; (3) beginning in greatness and declining to nothingness; and (4) most numerous are those who begin with nothing and remain as such. In addition, Quixote presents supporting evidence for why he must choose to follow the road to wealth and honor by way of arms, which is in knight-errantry.