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A PÁGINA PRINCIPAL
A VIDEOCUENTO XVII
DON QUIXOTE OF LA MANCHA
"Don Quixote Returns to His Village"
In keeping with Don Quixote's wishes, they put him back in the cage,
on top of the ox-cart. They are all happy over the apparent recuperation of don Alonso. They then continue on towards the hermitage.
The day is hot and the oxen are slow. Sancho perspires, and drinks wine from his leather wine-bag in order to refresh himself.
Meanwhile, back in Don Quixote's village, things continue along the same. The mother stork cares lovingly for her babies, in the nest On top of the church.
The field-hand is plowing the ground in one of the plots of land on the nobleman's
property. Suddenly, from afar, he espies his master returning in a cage mounted
on top of an ox-cart. He can hardly give credence to what he sees, but finally
realizes that as strange as it may seem, it is
true. He unhitches the mule from the plow, mounts it bareback, kicks it in the shanks and takes the short-cut to the village to inform the niece and housekeeper of Don Quixote's return.
The ox-cart advances very slowly and with difficulty through the dust of the road. The curate, the barber and Sancho are happy to be back home, but are all worn out and speak very little. Don Quixote dreams of Dulcinea and he imagines that the stakes that serves a bars for his cage are the golden bars to the windows of some enchanted palace where his lady awaits him.
The stable boy runs through the streets, of the village shouting that
his master has returned, and in the nobleman's house, his niece and the
housekeeper hug each. other in delight at hearing the news.
Don Quixote, the curate, the barber and Sancho arrive at the village
with the ox-cart driven by the ox-herd. The people shove to get a look at don Alonso and all are surprised to see him mounted on the ox-cart and inside a cage. The curate pays the ox-herd while Sancho and the barber help the worn-out gentleman to get down from the cart.
The niece and housekeeper make ready to go out and meet Don Quixote, as their impatience is overwhelming. The housekeeper almost faints from the emotion, and has to be sat down in an armchair inside the house. Both decide to wait in the house.
On reaching the village, the hound dog falls down, completely. exhausted and with its tongue hanging out. The crow tries to pep him up and fans him with his wings. Thanks to this, the exhausted dog recovers enough to continue the last few steps of his journey.
Finally, Don Quixote is home, in his house, assisted by the curate, the barber and Sancho. They all enter and are emotionally received by the niece and housekeeper who, lovingly, scolds her master, saying: "Accursed books on chivalry! Because of them, you have returned home skinny and yellow".
The stable-boy takes care of Rocinante, brushing him down to clean off the dust and sweat, and gives him hay and water so that he, too, may recuperate from so much weariness.
Meantime, the hound dog arrives home (while the crow waits outside on the eave
of the house, as he is also worn out), enters through the door and slips up
to his master's bedroom. He is very happy to see his master and jumps up into
bed with him. Don Quixote greets him, saying, "my good and faithful companion
of so many hunts", and pats him fondly.