Don Quixote Book I Summary and Analysis of Book I, Chapters 23-26

Reserve I: Chapter 23-Chapter 26 Summaries

Chapter 23

Don Quixote concurs with Sancho Panza’s cautioning to leave the location, and they take a trip into a close-by forest called Sierra Morena. This choice turns out to be ill fated, however, when one of the released prisoners steals Sancho’s donkey. At this point, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza need to stroll on foot. Along this route, Don Quixote finds the valuables of a traveler who has actually deserted the location. Sancho Panza enjoys to take the tourist’s cash and Don Quixote checks out the tourist’s notebook. Don Quixote opens the man’s note pad and discovers a love letter. The traveler has struggled with unrequited love and due to the fact that he has been turned down, he has actually gone mad.

Right after reading the letter, Don Quixote sees a half-naked man running in the remote hills. Of course, the knight intends to seek the man out, though Sancho Panza disagrees with this strategy. Sancho Panza’s apparent issue is that he presumes that the half-naked man is the traveler who has left his saddlebag on the side of the roadway; Sancho is worried that the male will request for his money back.

A goatherd then discusses to Don Quixote and Sancho Panza that the half-naked man is a complete stranger to the area. He appeared one day, asking directions, because he planned to go to the most craggy and tough part of the wilderness. The Sierra Morena goatherds became concerned due to the fact that this wild male started hijacking villagers on the roadway and taking their food. After this occurred, they offered to leave food for the male.

A guy called “The Ragged Knight of the Sorry Countenance” advances towards Don Quixote, and the 2 guys accept “as if they were old pals.” They are not old friends, however, and Don Quixote has the man inform his story.

Chapter 24

The Ragged Knight of the Sorry Countenance agrees to inform his story but he alerts that he will immediately end the story if anyone disrupts him.

The Ragged Knight is an aristocrat, called Cardenio, and he intended to wed a woman named Lucinda. Unfortunately, Cardenio is called away from house to work for the Duke and he is separated from Lucinda. Cardenio begins an extremely complicated explanation of how the Duke’s kid, Don Fernando, ends up being captivated with Lucinda. Don Quixote interrupts (and ends) the story, when he talks about Lucinda’s interest in the same books that he takes pleasure in. Cardenio and Don Quixote begin arguing about chivalry. Cardenio then assaults the group and runs back into the mountains.

Chapter 25

Don Quixote decides that he will emulate Cardenio’s example by going mad since Dulcinea has actually been unfaithful to him. When Sancho Panza mentions that Don Quixote does not understand this to be true, Don Quixote argues that what he pictures is more crucial than what has in fact taken place. Don Quixote gives Sancho a letter to provide to Dulcinea and Sancho is repulsed: Sancho has actually just recognized that “Dulcinea” is a common woman, not a princess. Don Quixote argues that Dulcinea is a princess due to the fact that he has decided that she is a princess.

Don Quixote wants Sancho to go home and tell Dulcinea that he has actually gone mad since of his love for her. “Mad I am and mad I should be,” Don Quixote states and Don Quixote shows his madness by removing most of his clothing, rolling around on the ground, jumping up and down, and tried a rather weak headstand. Quixote considers the stories that he has read, so that he can be sure to freak in the appropriate method. The knight wanders through the trees, saying prayers and sculpting love tunes into the tree trunks.

Chapter 26

Sancho comes across the priest and the barber and they inquire about Don Quixote. Sancho Panza describes Quixote’s condition however Sancho still believes that Don Quixote will keep his guarantee to make him guv of an island. The priest and barber see that Sancho has been following Don Quixote however they do not understand that Sancho is gullible. Rather, the priest and the barber decide that Sancho Panza has gone outrageous!

The priest and the barber are fretted about Don Quixote however they do not take Sancho really seriously, informing him jokes to make him believe that his island remains in jeopardy. At the end of Chapter 26, the priest and barber begin planning a disguise that will assist them fool Don Quixote into returning home. Sancho Panza, however, is not included in these plans.


When they satisfy each other for the very first time, Don Quixote and the Ragged Knight are “old buddies” due to the fact that they belong to the very same deception. Both “knights” are locked into the world of chivalry therefore it is easy for them to recognize each other, misfits in an increasingly hostile world. This foreshadows some of the encounters that Quixote has in Book II with numerous “knights” who range in friendliness, stability, and adherence to the chivalric ideals.

In these chapters, the idea is expressed that the typical poor tend to be practical people. On the other hand, the upper classes, nobility and gentlemen are vulnerable to different forms of insanity. The crazy mountain man, for instance, was when a noble making his fall from grace all the more significant and extreme.

Dulcinea is a peasant and Sancho Panza now understands her history, however this history disputes with Don Quixote’s story. In one sense, lineage is required for developing the distinctions between the characters of the novel (principally, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza). Nevertheless, Don Quixote gives Dulcinea nobility without lineage.

There is social commentary in the scene when Don Quixote silences Sancho. He provides the squire two options: function as lackey or go house and rule his own home. It never strikes Quixote (or Sancho, for that matter) that the 2 guys are equates to. When Don Quixote takes his clothing off, there is an allusion to the drunkenness of Noah, in the Biblical book of Genesis. Sancho Panza prohibits himself from seeing his lord and is encouraged to assist the older man on account of compassion, compassion and real concern. As we see in Chapter 26, Sancho Panza is thoughtful however also gullible. The barber and priest suspect that Sancho is likewise mad.

The narrative structure of the novel is established with more subtleties and variations in these chapters. Due To The Fact That the Ragged Knight is disrupted in the middle of his story, he tells no more. This recalls Sancho Panza’s complaint, in Chapter 20, when Don Quixote chastises him for duplicating a number of information. Sancho Panza responds that he is merely telling his story in the same way in which stories are informed in his town. Don Quixote is a novel loaded with interruptions, however the story always continues where it left off. Here, we read a story within a story. The story is cut off when Don Quixote disrupts to discuss chivalry. (We will get the continuation of the Rough Knight’s story later in the book).

Dapple the mule was taken by the thief in Chapter 23, but Sancho Panza has Dapple in Chapter 25. This has led some contemporary readers to mistakenly conclude that the novel was initially serialized. The majority of literary scholars conclude that Cervantes simply made a mistake here however this only declares this nuanced concept of the defective, unreliable text.

Don Quixote parallels Hamlet as we check out the question of whether or not his madness is feigned. On one hand, we may argue that part of Quixote’s madness is the really reality that he now articulates a plan to appear crazy. On the other hand, there is the argument that Quixote is merely contributing, with a heavy focus on having witnesses attest to his performance. Quixote says: “Mad I am and mad I need to be.” It sounds as if insanity where Quixote’s vocation, however at the same time, these words don’t make good sense. These are words that only a mad male would state. Currently experiencing deceptions, Quixote has actually decided to coax himself into a sham lunacy. The barber and the priest choose to trick Don Quixote for his own great. This takes up the 2nd half of Book I.

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