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A VIDEOCUENTO IV
DON QUIXOTE OF LA MANCHA
"The Battle With The Gallant Biscayan"
Our brave knight's lance was broken in the fracas with the windmills and he now makes a new one out of an oak branch, in imitation of the legendary Machuca Vargas. He places the old iron point in the new lance handle, and that night whilst Sancho and the animals are resting, he stands watch and daydreams about his ladylove, Dulcinea, as did knights-errant in times of yore.
On the following morn, both knight and squire resume their travels. On reaching
the road to Puerto Lápice, Don Quixote informs Sancho, in these words:
"This is to be the most famous adventure even seen
because those shapes and forms you see there are a
group of wizards who have kidnapped a princess."
Yet all that the good squire can device is a group of travelers who are accompanying a coach. But this is scoffed at by his master, who assures him that he knows nothing about adventures; and forthwith places himself squarely in front of the travelers, whom calls colossal demons, and demands that they release the princess whom they are carrying away against her will.
One of the travelers assures the outlandish gentleman that they are neither colossal nor demons, but only religious people of the Order of San Benito, and that they know nothing at all of princesses.
"Thy.bland words shall help ye not; I am not fooled, but
know ye well, o treacherous swine that ye are!"...
...shouts Don Quixote as he lays on the friars, one of which falls from his frightened mule.
Don Quixote draws near to the coach, that has now stopped, and tells the lady who is inside that she may now go free, as the arrogance of her kidnappers has been mellowed by his strong right arm .He would ask of her only that she goes to El Toboso and present herself to the lady of his thoughts and recount to her all that he did to release her from the clutches of her captors.
The lady's squire, Biscayan the same as she, turned away so bold a suggestion. Then Don Quixote and the Biscayan enter into combat, and even though the Biscayan protects himself from his rival's blows with a pillow, Don Quixote comes out victorious.
The lady traveler then promises Don Quixote that her squire will go to El Toboso and place himself at the service of the incomparable Dulcinea. 'Tis then with this promise that the gallant knight and Sancho leave them alone and continue their way. ..
Good old Sancho then asks his master to let him govern the island won in so rough a fight, that he feels up to the job of governor, just the same as any other who might have ever governed an island.
Sancho heals one of .Don Quixote's ear8, that had suffered the results of a
mean blow from the hefty Biscayan lad. Meanwhile, our brave knight informs Sancho
that the battle just engaged in was not one in which islands are held at stake,
but rather simply a sort of warming-up battle; and he then advises his squire
to be patient, as his time will come to be governor of an island. When Don Quixote's
hound dog discovers that his master has left home in quest of adventure, he
also escapes and follows the scent, in an effort to join him.