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- XXI -




 A VIDEOCUENTO XX                    

                                                                           VIDEOCUENTO XXII

Chapter XXI
"The Enchantment of the Lady Dulcinea"

The bachelor Samson Carrasco tells the curate and barber how he left Don Quixote and Sancho Panza on the road to Toboso, as the Nobleman had planned to visit his Lady Dulcinea before going on to Saragossa.

The three of them knew the route that the Undoer of Wrong-doings would follow and could therefore carry out their secret plan to make him return
to his village for good, after having suffered this final defeat.

That night Don Quixote and Sancho arrive at Toboso. As they cannot find Dulcinea's palace (which Sancho insists is but a simple country house), nor anyone who can tell them where the Lady of his Thoughts resides, the
squire counsels his master that the very best they could do that night would be to retire to yon wood until the morn, and that then he would set off in quest of the fair damsel to inform her that her knight-errant wanted to see her. Don Quixote agrees to the idea.

Sancho takes the road once again towards Toboso as the dawn breaks the skyline. He feels a bit confused and rattled as he is not now certain whether or not he really was in Toboso the month before and really saw
Dulcinea, or if 'twas merely all just a dream... Profoundly submerged in
such thoughts, he sees three peasant girls coming towards him, mounted
on burros. One of them is Aldonza Lorenzo (Dulcinea del Toboso for Don
Quixote). Very happy at the sight, Sancho races back to where his master is, shouting: "Señor, spur up Rocinante and come see your Lady Dulcinea,
who comes hither with two of her ladies-in-waiting !"

Filled with emotion, Don Quixote follows Sancho and they both encounter the three peasant girls. As soon as he lays eyes upon them, Don Quixote realizes that one of them is the damsel whom he has forged an image of in his mind, but Sancho, without hesitating an instant, reclines before Aldonza, calling her Queen and Princess and Duchess of Beauty, beseeching her to receive unto her favor her captive Knight, who stands there, turned into marble stone at her presence.

"I am Sancho Panza, his squire, and he is Don Quixote of La Mancha, the Knight of the Pitiful Figure."

The peasant girls, quite surprised, ask him to get out of their way so that they may continue on. Laughing heartily at both of them, they leave Don Quixote and Sancho behind in bewilderment.

“What do you make of it, Sancho? how the wretched enchanters do despise and loathe me! They have a cruel" grudge against me to have deprived me of the happiness of bathing in the beauty of my Lady Dulcinea, changing her into a mean and vulgar peasant girl.

He then blames the Wizard Freston, his foulest enemy, for this new bewitchment. Sancho actually believes that it has all been due to the bewitchment and enchanting of Freston. At the same time, deep down inside him, Sancho finds Aldonza-Dulcinea truly lovely, even with her enchantment and all that...
Don Quixote and his squire continue their journey to Saragossa.


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