Don Quixote Book II Summary and Analysis of Book II, Chapters 29-30

Book II: Chapter XXIX – Chapter XXX Summaries

Chapter XXIX

Don Quixote and Sancho Panza take a trip towards the River Ebro, travelling through a grove of poplar trees along the method. The appeal of the riverbanks reminds Quixote of the beauty that he ‘d seen in The Cave of Montesinos. At the riverbank, Don Quixote spies a little oar-less boat connected to a tree trunk. Don Quixote informs Sancho “that this vessel lies here for no other reason in the world however to welcome me to embark in it.” Don Quixote has checked out of such things in his books of chivalry, though Sancho is especially upset by the concept. In reality, he starts to weep bitterly.

The small boat is swept in an eddy. Fortunately, there are millers close by who fish Don Quixote and Sancho out of the water. Don Quixote rails against the millers, claiming that they hold a knight detainee in their mill, but the millers overlook Quixote. Don Quixote does compensate the fisherman who owns the “captivated” though now sunken boat. Sancho is upset about the considerable cost of paying the fisherman for his ruined boat.

Chapter XXIX

Don Quixote and Sancho Panza are struggling with melancholy at this point, heading far from the River Ebro. Sancho Panza is steadily becoming convinced that he is being led by an imbecilic master who is looks for bad fortune anywhere he goes. After riding for hours, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza approach a green pasture in which an improved and worthy lady is sitting with her attendants. Don Quixote sends out Sancho Panza to present “the knight of the Lions” into the Lady’s existence. As it turns out, the lady is a duchess and she is an excellent fan of Don Quixote, having actually read The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote de la Mancha.

The duchess summons the duke and they both greet Don Quixote with all of the honor befitting a knight-errant. Don Quixote uses his services and the duke and duchess enjoy to have Don Quixote and Sancho in their business. As it turns out, the duke and duchess will pretend that Don Quixote’s misconception is reality, reconstructing a world suitable for knights-errant.

Chapter XXIX

Don Quixote tries to impress Sancho with his superior knowledge of astronomy and location however this excess verbiage and vocabulary makes no sense to Sancho and just frightens the squire a lot more. Sancho hears the word computation’ and calls it amputation’ which ends up being a pun: Don Quixote is discussing the calculation of 360 degrees and “the equinoctial line, which divides and cuts [amputates] the opposite poles at equivalent distances.” Don Quixote can understand the concepts of location but when using these concepts to his own “enchanted” context, the knight concludes that he has actually traveled 2000 miles though it has actually not been even five backyards – and Rocinante and Dapple are still in sight!

Don Quixote’s assertion that this vessel has actually been left particularly “to invite me to embark in it” is recidivistic: Don Quixote is falling back into his old patterns of thinking. Much earlier in the novel (Part I, Chapter XV), while Don Quixote is wounded in a ditch, he exclaims that “Fortune always leaves some door open in catastrophes, whereby to come at a solution.” Then, as now, the same irony depends on Don Quixote’s words. Don Quixote takes the open door’ to disaster,’ and Fortune’ provides a remedy’ that Quixote is too blind to acknowledge. Don Quixote believes the boat will “succor [assistance, convenience] some knight, or other individual of high degree, who is in severe distress.” Rather, Don Quixote takes the boat and looks for severe distress’ – only to curse and damn the client millers who conserve his life.

When it comes to extreme distress, the duchess shows to be one of the most controling characters in Book II. It is essential for the reader to be instantly forewarned that the duchess’ intentions are not pure. Our initial reaction is to be endeared to the duchess due to the fact that she has checked out the unique stating Don Quixote’s earlier experiences. Like Sampson Carrasco, the duchess utilizes this details to trick Don Quixote. Here once again we find a re-creation of the real life: characters have actually checked out a book that was in fact published.

Despite the fact that the duke and duchess function as outside characters (they are not included in The Ingenious Gentleman), they can direct contact with characters from The Ingenious Gentleman. With productions as vast and intricate as these, it is difficult to define Don Quixote’s understanding as delusion because what he perceives is what is really occurring. This is particularly paradoxical because this deliberately elaborate deception completely convinces Don Quixote that he is “a true knight-errant.” Up to that point, Don Quixote feared that he was merely an “imaginary” knight.

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