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                                                                                                  VIDEOCUENTO IV

"The Burning of the Books on Chivalry"

Sancho Panza returns to his village after having taken a load of wheat to the mill. He finds Don Quixote wallowing in the dust, after his encounter with the merchants from Toledo. The poor old gentleman is so badly beaten that he confuses his neighbor with the Marquis of Mantua. Sancho helps him to his feet and mounts him on his donkey, "Rucio", and places Don Quixote's arms on Rocinante.

Meanwhile, back in Don Quixote's house, his niece, housekeeper, the village curate and barber are discussing the sudden mad affliction of don Alonso Quijano (Don Quixote). It has now been three days since the good gentleman disappeared from his home, along with his hack, lance, shield and armor.

The niece is recounting to her uncle's friends how he oft times spent Two days and nights reading books on chivalry, and then taking his sword in hand, he would walk round the room slashing at the walls, saying that he had slain four giants the size of four towers.

In an effort to cure don Alonso of his knighthood-madness, it is suggested to the curate that on the following morn, all of the books that have perturbed his mind, should be put to the flame. At this moment, Don Quixote and Sancho arrive at the house, and are received very affectionately by the niece and the housekeeper, even if somewhat distraught to see him in so lamentable a state. The old gentleman explains that 'tis due to the fact that he fell from his horse, who had thrown him, and asks to be taken to his room, and then they should call the Sage Urganda to come and heal his wounds.

Once in bed, he quiets down and then falls into a deep slumber. After explaining to the curate and barber how he had come upon Don Quixote,. wallowing in the dust, he then bids them good-bye and departs.

The next morning, the curate and barber return to the home of their friend and, with the aid of the niece and housekeeper, enter the room where the books are kept, throwing most of them down to the patio. After forming a great heap of books in the patio, they are then put to the torch. Don Quixote’s hound dog rescues a few of the tomes from the licking flames.

They all witness the burning but, little by little, they begin to file off, a bit saddened to see the most beloved treasures of Don Quixote disappear in the fire. The only one Who seems to enjoy it all is the house-keeper, Who continues to watch. However, tortuous images of monsters appear in the flames, along with captive princesses and knights in combat. The housekeeper, frightened half out of her wits, runs from the patio claiming that the books are enchanted.

Meanwhile, Don Quixote has a nightmare, awakens saying that he must win a joust in which he is on the side of his adversaries. Everyone in the house Comes to his bedside and tries to calm him down. Our nobleman then falls asleep again.

After the burning the housekeeper sweeps up the ashes into one pile, and the houseboy carries them off to bury them in a nearby field. On seeing So sad a scene, the hound dog cries.

The barber and the houseboy seal off the window and door to the library and the niece and housekeeper whitewash the walls, so that when Don Quixote awakens and gets out of bed, he will not find any more books to read, and will then recover his senses.


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