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                                                                VIDEOCUENTO VII

"The Adventures With The Yanguesans"

Don Quixote and Sancho come across the hut of some pastors, who are seated round an open fire. The pastors invite the two travelers to sit down and partake of their meager supper. The nobleman accepts, with great pleasure, and begins to discourse about bygone times when hospitality reigned over the world and everyone shared what he had with his neighbors.

'Twas the age of plenty when all one had to do was to go out and pick the fruit from the tree, or rob the bees or their delicious honey in the hollow of trees or in the rocky mountainsides. Everything then was friendship and peace. The goatherds were astonished at hearing such, to say nothing of him who was raveling out so fabulous a tale.

In honor or their guests, one or the goatherds sings a song in which is told the unrequited love of a certain shepherd boy named Chrysostom, who fell in love with the shepherdess Marcela. Later on when the goatherds are resting round the fire, Don Quixote spends the night thinking of his Dulcinea.

The following morning, after taking their leave of the hospitable goatherds, Don Quixote and Sancho continue their way until they arrive at an open field, where a nearby brook flows, almost inviting them to stop and take a much-needed siesta.

Don Quixote's nag, Rocinante and Sancho’s donkey, Rucio eat to their hearts' content on the abundance of grass that grew there. Also grazing there were the ponies of some Yanguesean carriers. Rocinante was very much attracted by one of the ponies, but the Yanguesans don't want that skinny nag to mate with the prettiest of their mares, and so, with stick in hand, they try to sew away the unwanted Rocinante.

Rucio brays loudly in an effort to advise her master of what is happening to Rocinante, and Don Quixote and Sancho face the Yanguesans. A colossal battle follows, which ends only with the outbreak of a storm that puts the ponies to flight.

The carriers run after their herd, only to join forces again, leaving Don Quixote, Sancho and Rocinante heavily pummeled and hurting.

Sancho asks his master to prepare the balsam of Fierabras, which is a magic cure-all, as they are weary and aching from tbe cudgeling they received.

However, Don Quixote reminds Sancho tbat tbe wounds received in battle bring honor to him who suffers them with dignity. Then he mounts Rucio and Rocinante carries bis arms.

A little while on, they discover a suitable place to rest up. Arguing over whether it is an inn or a castle, they finally arrive. The innkeeper helps Sancho to dismount Don Quixote, and the maidservant of the inn (who is called Maritornes) prepares a bed for Don Quixote and heals his

Our hero imagines that the inkeeper’s wife is the lady of the castle and be thanks her profusely for the attention be is receiving.

A muleteer, who happens to be lodging at the inn leaves his team in the stables with Rocinante and Rucio, and then goes upstairs to the sleeping quarters where Don Quixote and Sancho are resting.


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