Don Quixote Book II Summary and Analysis of Book II, Chapters 5-10

Book II: Chapter V – Chapter X Summaries

Chapter V

At the beginning of Chapter V, Cervantes adds an editorial note, suggesting that the “translator” does not think the following episode is true. This is since Sancho’s dialogue is rendered in a poetic style that is not appropriate for Sancho’s social class.

Sancho confronts his other half, Teresa, and announces that he is resuming his travels with Don Quixote. Teresa advises her spouse to be satisfied with what he currently has. Sancho Panza insists that he pursues his island so that the Panza’s child can marry a nobleman.

Chapter VI

While Sancho Panza speaks to his better half, Don Quixote has a comparable conversation with his housemaid and niece. It seems to them that Don Quixote is launching his third adventure, regardless of what they say to stop him. The housemaid suggests that Quixote act as a knight at the king’s court, but Quixote responds that his specific calling is to be a knight-errant. Don Quixote’s niece recommend that he must end up being a preacher, however Don Quixote states that he “would not blend things magnificent with human.” Don Quixote concludes his argument with the supposition that: “There are two roads by which males may arrive at riches and honors; the one by the method of letters, the other by that of arms.” Don Quixote admits that he is greatly influences by the planet Mars therefore, he should select “arms.”

Chapter VII

When the maid becomes convinced that Don Quixote and Sancho Panza are absolutely getting ready for their “3rd sally,” she summons Sampson Carrasco and asks him to intercede. Don Quixote and Sancho Panza are locked together in a space, making preparations for their experience. When Sampson Carrasco joins them, he is expected to dissuade Don Quixote from setting out on his third adventure. Perhaps because he has actually so enjoyed reading of Don Quixote’s exploits, Sampson really does the opposite, motivating knight and squire to take a trip the high and tough road of fortunate, splendor, and popularity. Don Quixote and Sancho Panza head towards the town of Toboso, so that Don Quixote can check out Dulcinea del Toboso.

Chapter VIII

When Don Quixote and Sancho Panza set out towards Toboso, they see that Rosinante begins to neigh and Dapple begins to sigh. The knight and squire analyze this as a promise. Don Quixote aspires to get Dulcinea’s blessing, however he fears that nightfall will get here before he and Sancho reach Toboso.

Sancho Panza all of a sudden ends up being concerned, understanding that he has never ever fulfilled Dulcinea – and Don Quixote is trusting Sancho to seek her out. In Chapter XXXI of Book One, Sancho Panza created an account of meeting Dulcinea today, Sancho stresses that he has a “shallow memory” and does not recall these details. Don Quixote continues his discussion of fame, turning down Sancho Panza’s idea that they may instead end up being saints of the church. Don Quixote reasons that there is an abundance’ of saints, however valuable “few, who deserve the name of knights.” Increasing their pace, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza are able to reach Toboso just as night is falling.

Chapter IX

Toboso is a small and rather town, and Don Quixote interrupts this drowsy repose with his command to Sancho: “lead on before to Dulcinea’s palace.” Sancho’s argument is that Dulcinea lives in a cottage, not a castle, which if Don Quixote would like to see castle in these parts, it would be simpler for the knight to blaze a trail himself. At this point, Don Quixote admits that he has actually never seen “the peerless Dulcinea” and has fallen in love with her based solely upon the stories of her well-known charm. When Don Quixote stops a stranger and asks the man to direct him to the princess’ castle, the confused complete stranger admits that the has actually not heard of any princesses living in the region.

Chapter X

Sancho Panza recognizes that he can not avoid the inevitable: Don Quixote forces him to blaze a trail to Dulcinea. Ultimately, Sancho envisage a strategy that may cause him the least damage. Sancho can not “search the town for a lady” without prompting a mob, due to the fact that individuals of the area are known for their extreme choleric anger. Sancho’s plan is only slightly more smart than this. Seeing 3 girls riding on a mule, Sancho announces that he sees Dulcinea advancing with two ladies-in-waiting.

When Don Quixote argues that he merely sees three peasant girls riding old mules, Sancho counters that an enchantment has actually changed Dulcinea. When the ladies go by, Sancho seizes the closest one, calling her Dulcinea. Don Quixote worships the woman, though she is hideously awful and Quixote is greatly saddened by her improvement.


Don Quixote has developed into a various character in Book Two, but there are some characteristics that stay consistent. The publication of his experiences has not pleased Quixote’s desire for fame and glory. In his dialogue with his niece and housemaid, Quixote refers to the Pharaohs and Caesars. Simply as in Book One, Don Quixote’s aspirations overshadow his real abilities: his “grasp” extends his “reach.”

In part, the narrative structure of the book is expected to secure Cervantes’ position as the true author of Don Quixote. Among the devices that Cervantes utilizes is the recollection of details from Book One. In an early conversation, Don Quixote recalls the episode from Book One, Chapter XVII when Sancho Panza was tossed in a blanket by a band of rogues. In Book 2, Chapter VII, the housemaid refers to the 2 occasions when Don Quixote has been brought home after his adventures. She clearly recalls that the second, latest time, Quixote “got back in an ox-wagon, secured in a cage, in which he convinced himself he was enchanted.” As a parallel to Sancho’s unstable recollection of Dapple’s disappearance, here we see that the housemaid’s “memory” is as clear as the initial passages. Her foreshadowing words likewise encourage the reader to draw the sensible conclusion. Don Quixote will once again return house deluded, and having actually stopped working: disgraced.

To make complex the haze surrounding the “authorship” of the unique, Cervantes informs us (at the start of Chapter VIII) that a the start of his eighth chapter, Cid Hamet Ben Engeli composed “Applauded be the mighty Allah.” Engeli repeated this expression three times since he was overjoyed that Don Quixote and Sancho Panza “had actually again taken the field.” “From this minute, the exploits and witty phrases of Don Quixote and his squire start,” we are informed. Both Cervantes (in Book One) and Don Quixote (in Book 2) articulate their wonder about in the Moorish inventor of the story, because they think Moors to be distrustful. Reserving the prejudiced excuse that is used, the reader must be gotten ready for the deliberately unsteady and purposefully complex narrative structure that follows.

Among the most considerable information that we learn about Don Quixote is the reality that he has never seen Dulcinea. Arguing with Sancho Panza, Quixote calls his squire a “heretic,” a word that describes a person who does not believe in a defined religious doctrine. Quixote’s faith in Dulcinea, a faith that requires no visual evidence, parallels Sancho’s spiritual faith. Certainly, Sancho’s belief in his island and Don Quixote’s persistent belief in the possibility of winning honor are variants of the same particular. Here, the novel recommends that just as society accepts certain forms of “faith” as morally appropriate, society might credit Don Quixote for being a man who can faith – even if his well-intentioned misconceptions are misdirected.

Sancho’s deception recalls the antics of Don Quixote’s pals in Book One. Then, as now, Don Quixote’s pals feel compelled to support Quixote’s deceptions (in this case, Sancho produces a Dulcinea for his master). The “change” of Don Quixote’s Dulcinea into an unsightly peasant girl (with a hairy eight-inch mole) truly underscores the novel’s underlying “tragicomic” state of mind. In Book 2, it becomes clearer that the spaces between Don Quixote’s high-minded ideals and the reality upon which he predicts his ideals are proof of Quixote’s delusion.

However perhaps more crucial, these spaces expose the ugly failings of the “real life.” Dulcinea is a name that Don Quixote intentionally selects for aesthetic functions: it indicates “sweet.” When Sancho Panza randomly picks a girl to stand in as Dulcinea, truth plays a cruel joke: an awful woman with a hairy mole and an awful odor.

We can best understand the progressively cynical and modern tone of Book Two by juxtaposing this scene with an episode from Book One, Chapter XVI. While at an inn that he presumed to be an “enchanted castle,” Don Quixote believed that a lovely princess planned to welcome him in his bed. In truth, Don Quixote embraced Maritornes, a half-blind hunchbacked lady who smelled very bad. Since Don Quixote was deep in his deception, he enjoyed this encounter. Here in Book Two, Don Quixote’s misconception isn’t strong enough to wrap around the rough edges of truth’s offerings.

Finally, there is some intellectual development on Sancho’s part. Sancho is still loyal to his master however in Book Two, Sancho is willing to trick Don Quixote as his equivalent. Sancho Panza was willing to depend on Book One, but in Book Two, Sancho wants to declare his lie to be an “enchantment,” as Don Quixote’s other pals had actually performed in Book One. In Book 2, Sancho Panza becomes an equal player: one of the character s permitted to produce imaginations for others.

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