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A PÁGINA PRINCIPAL
DON QUIXOTE OF LA MANCHA
"Somewhere in La Mancha..." .
Somewhere in La Mancha...don Alonso Quijano, his niece and housekeeper live. Very fond of early rising, and great friend of the chase and hunt, he amuses himself in his free moments by reading books on chivalry, and so much so, in fact, that he quite forgets and neglects everything else...Thus, from reading too much and sleeping too little , he wound up losing his wits...
In an effort to imitate the heroes in his books, our friend don Alonso decides to become a knight-errant and go forth in quest of noble adventures, repairing injustices, helping the needy and winning all battles against evil; thinking thus that he would ennoble his name and spread his fame the world over.
Having so decided, he made haste to put his resolution into practice, and patched up as best as he could the arms of his ancestors. Then he went out to visit his nag (to which he gave the highfalutin name of "Rocinante"). He even decided to call himself "Don Quixote of La Mancha".
Then, it seemed to him that the only thing left to do was to seek out a ladylove, as did the knights-errant in times of yore. In a nearby village there lived a young farm girl who went by the name of Aldonza Lorenzo, and Don Quixote adopted her as the lady of his thoughts and, in searching for a regal-sounding name, decided upon that of "Dulcinea of Toboso".
Prepared now to take on his long-desired adventures,in which he fully expects to come out victorious, and win, at least, the kingdom of Trapisonda, he steals out of the house, unseen, mounts his nag and sallies forth towards the fields of Montiel... ‘Tis one of those burning hot days in the month of July, and the days comes and goes without anything of note occurring. At eventide, he
arrives at an inn, but which he believes to be a castle. He then asks the innkeeper (whom he has taken for the castellan of a fortress) to dub him Sir Knight, as this is the only remaining requirement to become a knight-errant.
As the innkeeper believes that Don Quixote is not in possession of his reason, he decides to play along, telling him that he must stand watch over his arms, near the well in the patio of his castle, and that he will then dub him knight at dawn.
That night a muleteer draws up to the well to water his mule train and as the arms are in the way, he removes them from the rim of the well, tossing them to the Ground. On seeing this, and taking it as an outrage against his person, Don Quixote deals the poor fellow a healthy blow. The other muleteers at the inn come to the aid of their surprised and slightly pummeled companion. But Don Quixote gallantly faces them all.
Fearful that this might turn into a ruckus that could destroy his inn, the innkeeper hastily proceeds with his plans to bestow upon Don Quixote the Order of Knighthood.
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