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VIDEOCUENTO

- II -

""DON QUIJOTE ES ARMADO CABALLERO"



 

A PÁGINA PRINCIPAL  

 A VIDEOCUENTO I      

                                                                                                   VIDEOCUENTO III

DON QUIJOTE DE LA MANCHA
CHAPTER II
"Don Quixote is Dubbed Knight"

Don Quixote is dubbed knight by the innkeeper, who uses his accounts book of barley and hay, wherein he has written down what the muleteers owe him, reading solemnly the Oath of Knighthood. Two girls who work at the inn, one named La Tolosa and the other La Molinera, help Don Quixote to put on his armor. The gentleman then beseeches them that, henceforth, they should call themselves "doña Tolosa" and "doña Molinera".

The innkeeper, happy to see this crackpot leave, lets him go without charging him for his stay, but not without first advising him that all knights-errant carried with them money enough to pay their way, clean shirts and a salve for their wounds; thus Don Quixote returns to his village to provide himself of such necessities.

In a wood he comes across a farmer whipping a lad and Don Quixote orders him to stop the beating, unless the farmer wants to be run through by Don Quixote’s lance, as beating a person unable to defend himself is proper only of cowards. The farmer, Juan Haldudo by name, tells Don Quixote that the boy is hired to watch over the flood of goats but that he is so careless that everyday one is missing; but the lad then counter-accuses his master of not paying him for his work. Don Quixote makes Juan Haldudo promise the lad, Andres by name, the seventy three reals that he owes him. Then, convinced that the farmer will keep his promise to do so, the undoer of wrong-doings continues along his way.

Immediately thereupon, Juan Haldudo decides to pay Andrés the seventy three reals, but in seventy three lashes instead! However, fortunately for the boy, a crow who was watching the whole thing from the limb of a tree, attacks the farmer viciously, who runs away at great haste, much
to the delight of Andrés.

With this, Don Quixote comes to a crossing and decides to leave it up to his nag to decide in which direction they should continue. Along the way he encounters some merchants from Toledo, on their way to Murcia. He immediately decides that this is some new adventure in the forming and, with perfect bearing, commands these people (whom he believes to be knights-errant) to confess that there is no more beautiful and lovely maid in all the world than the incomparable Dulcinea of Toboso. One of the merchants, seeing before him So outlandish a figure, answers that none of them has ever heard of the good lady, but that they will confess what they are asked to confess if they might see a picture of her, and this even though she be cross-eyed and running puss from the corners. Then Don Quixote, angry at such mockery, lance in hand, throws himself upon the surprised merchants; but Rocinante trips on a stone and falls, throwing his master to the ground.

One of the merchants' servants, seeing the defenseless knight wallowing on the ground, decides to cudgle him with his own lance, but our hero, beaten but not defeated, looks up with such serenity and valor that the servant decides only to break the lance.

The merchants continue their journey, leaving the wounded Don Quixote and his Rocinante in the middle of the way. The knight then invokes the name of his beloved Dulcinea, who appears to him in a vision, smiling sweetly.

 

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