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A PÁGINA PRINCIPAL
A VIDEOCUENTO XIV
DON QUIXOTE OF LA MANCHA
"The Officers Of The Holy Brotherhood"
Sancho goes down from his sleeping quarters with the idea of continuing his
sleep in the stables where he can rest more comfortably. He goes to have a look
at his donkey, and then looks for Don Quixote, wondering where the knight-errant
might be. Sancho stops the hound dog and refuses
to let him enter the stables, closing the door behind him, leaving the dog remorseful. Sancho tells himself that surely Don Quixote must be standing guard in the inn, in the fashion of a good knight-errant.
The hound dog returns to the sleeping quarters, tail between legs and
quite sad; Sancho hugs and kisses his donkey, lying on the floor of the
stable, free of its saddle, and Rocinante smiles at the tender scene. Sancho then falls fast asleep along side his donkey , using the saddle for a pillow.
Meanwhile Don Quixote is outside the inn, near the entrance gate, doing his
watch and thinking of Dulcinea. He is armed and carries a sword. It is still
night when through one of the doors of one of the connecting buildings of the
inn, the same barber from whom Don Quixote had earlier thrown from his donkey
and taken his barber's basin (which he thought was
the famous helmet of Mambrino), appeared on scene. He had arrived the evening before and was now heading towards the stable to fetch his mule. Quite surprised, he finds Sancho sleeping in the stable and wakes him up with a swift kick in the rear. Sancho awakens with a start. The barber then demands that Sancho return the saddle to him, as well as the basin, and both clinch in a scuffle.
Sancho claims that the packsaddle and basin were won in fair battle by Don Quixote and are therefore legally his.
Meanwhile, Don Quixote is outside near the wall of the inn, invoking
the sweet name of Dulcinea, looking at the moon, and unaware of what is
happening in the stables. He is wearing the basin on his head, which he
considers to be a valuable talisman.
The noise from the scuffle in the stables has awakened the curate, who
is sleeping in the same room with Master Nicholas. He dresses and goes out to the patio to find out what is going on. He enters the stable where he finds Sancho and the barber in a rough and tumble fight in the hay, and tries to separate them.
The barber is adamant in his claim to the basin and packsaddle and the curate
rewards him for his loss with some coins. The barber, satisfied,
leaves the inn mounted on his mule.
A scene of the prison where Cervantes is held captive, and we see him
writing at his table and recounting how the barber was happy with the money given him by the curate and left the inn to continue his journey.
The curate returns to his room to continue sleeping and bemuses over
how expensive it is becoming to undo the wrong-doings of his good friend
and neighbor don Alonso Quijano. Sancho goes back to sleep in the stables.
The excitement is over and everything returns to normal.
As everything is quiet and calm, Don Quixote also decides to turn in,
and call it a night.
Shortly thereafter, some carters arrive at the inn and try to make off without paying for their lodging, but they are surprised by Juan Palomeque, the innkeeper who, always an early riser, had gone out to the patio to refresh himself in the water at the well. Don Quixote, armed, appears on scene and goes to the aid of the innkeeper at the behest of Maritornes. Don Quixote mounted on Rocinante sallies forth out of the inn giving chase to the scoundrels, much to the delighted amazement of his squire
The inkeeper unloads the goods from the mule of the carters, who have flown, and satisfied that this compensates him for what they owed for their lodging, lets the mule go, who runs out after her masters.
To avoid more trouble, Don Quixote again decides to stand guard over
the entrance gate of the inn, which he imagines to be a castle, under. The watchful eye of Maritornes, who has been watching it all from the window.
Maritornes, with her voice disguised, calls to Don Quixote and tells him that she is damsel whom her father holds captive in the castle so that she cannot see her lover, and she asks for his help. Standing up in his saddle, tries to pull out the bars from the small window with both his hands.
Maritornes then ties his hands to the bars, without his realizing it. Don Quixote loses his footing and falls, dangling from the window, on the cord. Rocinante is astonished at the spectacle. Don Quixote blames his enemies the witches for this. The crow and the hound dog arrive Don Quixote falls to the ground, on top of the dog, with his armor falling off. The false damsel disappears and Don Quixote hangs his armor over Rocinante and hobbles off to the stables.
Some officers of the Holy Brotherhood now arrive at the inn, with their capes, broad-brimmed soft hats and swords looking for a place to make an over-night Stop.
"You there, of the inn! Open up in the name of the Holy Brotherhood!"