Don Quixote Book I Summary and Analysis of Book I, Chapters 33-35

Book I: Chapter 33-Chapter 35 Summaries

Chapter 33

Chapters 33, 34, and 35 consist of the story that the priest checks out to the group: “The Novel of the Curious Impertinent.” The story happens in Florence, Italy and mostly includes 2 good friends named Lothario and Anselmo. Anselmo is married to Camilla and, for no excellent factor, Anselmo chooses to check Camilla’s fidelity. When Anselmo firmly insists that Lothario help him, Lothario states that “the business itself is downright insanity.” Anselmo wants Lothario to attempt to seduce Camilla, to see whether or not she will catch the advances of another man. Lothario finally concurs, and he soon goes back to Anselmo, informing him that Camilla has stayed faithful.

Not much later on, Anselmo discovers that Lothario has been lying: Lothario never ever attempted to seduce Camilla. Anselmo then makes Lothario promise to make good on his promise to seduce Camilla. Anselmo leaves town to make the seduction simpler, and Camilla quickly writes letters advising him to return. Lothario has really fallen in love with Camilla; in her letters, Camilla cautions Anselmo that Lothario is attempting to seduce her. Camilla does not understand that Anselmo is aware of Lothario’s advances. Anselmo does not understand that Lothario is truly in love with Camilla.

Due to the fact that Anselmo does not return, Camilla grows weary under pressure and she falls in love with Lothario. The 2 continue their affair when Anselmo returns house. In part, this is easier because Camilla’s servant, Leonela, keeps Camilla’s trick.

Chapter 34

Complications arise since Leonela has a secret lover of her own. One day, Lothario sees Leonela’s lover exiting Camilla’s house simply as he is arriving. Lothario concludes that Camilla has actually found yet another fan. Lothario then informs Camilla’s husband, Anselmo, that he has actually lastly seduced Camilla. Lothario provides Anselmo a time and place where Anselmo will see Lothario seduce Camilla; then, Anselmo can judge the situation on his own. Anselmo is now distraught.

Later in the day, when Lothario and Camilla meet, Camilla reveals Leonela’s secret enthusiast. Lothario then recognizes his jealous mistake and he admits whatever to Camilla. Camilla and Lothario then create a plan to be rid of Anselmo, once and for all. When Camilla and Lothario satisfy, Camilla pretends that she does not understand that Anselmo is enjoying. When the time comes for her to kiss Lothario, Camilla mentions that she would rather pass away than devote extramarital relations, though she does enjoy Lothario.

Camilla eloquently states “since fortune rejects a complete fulfillment to my simply desires, it will not, nevertheless, be in its power to defeat that complete satisfaction completely.” Camilla then struggles to keep her dagger away from Lothario and eventually, she stabs herself in the chest and falls to the ground.

Lothario is instantly surprised because Camilla was just to pretend to stab herself, but when he looks closely he sees that Camilla has actually only wounded herself slightly. Lothario then begins to grieve loudly and with Leonela’s assistance, he carries Camilla’s body away. Anselmo is now persuaded of Camilla’s honesty. As a result, Camilla is able to continue her affair once she recovers from her small stab injury.

Chapter 35

Sancho Panza disrupts the story to reveal that Don Quixote has just killed the giant. This is madness and the group fears the worst, when they enter Quixote’s room. Quixote is thrashing in his sleep and what Sancho thought to be the giant’s head is really a set of valuable wineskins owned by the innkeeper. Don Quixote’s has damaged them while knocking since of his violent dream. The characters go back to the typical room, where the priest concludes ‘The Novel of the Curious Impertinent.’ In the last area of the story, Anselmo suffers for his excessive curiosity.

Leonela’s fan unintentionally reveals himself and Anselmo faces Leonela. Leonela fears that Anselmo is going to kill her therefore she states that she has a valuable secret to disclose to him the next day. Anselmo states the incident to Camilla and Camilla fears that Leonela will reveal her (Camilla’s) affair with Lothario. With couple of choices before them, Lothario and Camilla flee that extremely night. Unsurprisingly, Leonela runs away the next day. Anselmo searches for all 3 of them fruitless, and inadvertently finds (from a complete stranger) that Camilla and Lothario have been deceiving him for a long time. Anselmo begins composing an account of his own sad story, however Anselmo’s unhappiness is so profound that he really dies prior to he finishes composing his account.

The ‘Unique of the Curious Impertinent’ starts a conversation on the merits of the story. The priest is extremely well check out and everybody listens to his critique of the story. In the end, he chooses that he likes “the way” in which the story was written, though he sees Anselmo as an implausibly, unrealistically naïve and idiotic character.


The aesthetic argument made by the priest is that the way in which the story is informed is more crucial than the material’s possibility. Definitely, this is true for Don Quixote. Is Don Quixote a “more precise” book since the priest’s narrated story includes the text of the letter? The Priest’s narrated story begins in Chapter 33 and continues at the start of Chapter 34 without disturbance. Ultimately, the narrative structure combines Don Quixote’s story with Anselmo’s. The “Conclusion of the Novel of the Curious Impertinent” is integrated with Don Quixote’s “fight.”

The fight is a critical moment but not the climax. If the characters of Don Quixote stray too far, the unique ends up being challenged not realistic. The book’s characters can develop the most improbable and outrageous characters for their stories therefore, they will appear more realistic by contrast. Don Quixote battles in his sleep not in his misconception. It is Sancho Panza who has actually misperceived, misinterpreting some wineskins to be a giant’s head. It appears that Don Quixote has actually infected Sancho Panza and the extremely truth of Quixote’s insanity being contagious justified the book-burning in the early chapters.

Don Quixote reveals paternalism in his over-protection of ladies and his dominance of Sancho Panza. The Priest’s story mentions Eve as “woman is an imperfect animal, which one need to not lay stumbling-blocks” before her. This story supplies a structure for paternalism. Paradoxically, Don Quixote is in no position to work in the paternalistic mode, as paternalism is reversed upon Quixote himself. Because Quixote is “an imperfect creature,” his books have actually been removed and his good friends now surround him. The weak need to be protected and Don Quixote is weak.

In exchange for the common sense of common people, Sancho Panza is embracing “the absurdities of master and guy.” Sancho grieves “my earldom will melt away like salt in water” and the irony of reasoning remembers Dorotea’s error and Quixote’s correction “Friston.” Sancho never ever had an earldom. His earldom is as secure as it never ever was. Because of Quixote’s dream, Sancho’s dream has actually become a less resilient fiction however it is still no less a dream.

Lothario looks like Don Quixote’s good friends and just as we read in the previous stories within the story, the style of deception continues to loom. Don Quixote and Anselmo are both appealing fate and trying to find trouble. Frequently, the distance in between the story and the story-within is used to create a foil, a character whose contrasts to the primary character deal more clarity and difference to the primary character. Here, Anselmo is not a foil for Quixote; he is a parallel, a co-definer. We realize that Quixote is likewise a “curious impertinent.” Both males become rejected outsiders; Quixote will suffer sadness and confusion simply as Anselmo has. Both guys comply with a stringent and private ideology. Their concepts are various from the ideas held by their friends. As ideological purists, these guys are too persistent to enjoy positive, meaningful social interactions.

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