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                                                                       VIDEOCUENTO IX


"The Battle With The Drove"


"That castle is haunted!" (Says Don Quixote to Sancho when he comes out of the inn, well shaken up from the blanketing)"because those who tossed you in the blanket couldn't be anything but ghosts Later on the two adventurers see a thick cloud of dust rise up over the road.

"That is the Army of the great Emperor A1i-Braggadocio, Lord of the
Isle of Trapobana, and in the opposite direction, where we see the other cloud of dust rising up into the sky, are the hordes of Pentapo1in The Sleeveless One”.

All that Sancho sees are two herds of sheep and rams that are approaching each other in the plain. In his imagination, the knight-errant describes to his astonished squire all of the great warriors who are about to intervene in the battle: “There is the brave Lauralco, who bears on his shield a crowned lion; the dreaded Micolembo; and the gigantic Bandabarbaran of Boliche, besides thousands of Arabs, Persians, Ethiopians, Medes and the cruel Scythians...

"Master, I do not see any men or giants, and all that I
hear is the bleating of sheep and rams."

Don Quixote thinks that Sancho only sees what he sees, due to his fear
and he orders him to stand aside, as he himself will enter into battle on
the side of Pentapolín. He spurs Rocinante and throws himself full force
into the fray.

The Armies of Ali-Bragaadocio and Pentapolin were on1y sheep and rams and the shepherds knocked down the knight with their slings.

"The Sage Freston has converted the enemy armies into herds of sheep and rams"
Don Quixote informs Sancho.

As our knight and his squire look for some suitable place to spend the night, they see some strange lights drawing near. "This must be a very dangerous adventure wherein I am to show my true mettle ! Woe unto me if this adventure also be with ghosts What then will become of us?"

Don Quixote promises his squire that no one will touch even a thread of his clothes, and shouts:

"Hold! Tell me who ye are, from whence ye are come -or prepare to do battle with me!"

The mule of the first one bucks in fear and tosses his rider to the ground. The rest flee into the cloud of dust. Sancho is astonished at the bravura of his master, who makes the fallen rider surrender.

"I am the bachelor Alonso L6pez, he says, and we are accompanying a dead gentleman who is in that litter, and we are taking him to be buried in Segovia."

Don Quixote says he is sorry about it all but that it is their own fault for covering their heads with hoods and carrying torches, appearing like ghosts of another world. Sancho informs the bachelor that his master
is none other than the Knight of the Pitiful Countenance. The hooded men then continue their way and our knight asks his squire why he had referred to him as the Knight of the Pitiful Countenance.

"Because under the lights of the torches, you had the most pitiful countenance I have ever seen."

"That is not the reason, but rather 'tis that the Sage who has written the story of my noble deeds has seen fit for me to be known by that appellative."

On arriving at a valley, they dismount, eat and rest. But there is nothing to drink. They look for a river or brook to quench their thirst.

The night is dark and they hear strange noises, such as of chains and knocks. Don Quixote wants to see what it is that is causing such strange noises, but his horse cannot take even one step forward.


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