Don Quixote

by: Miguel de Cervantes

The Second Part, Chapters XVI–XXI

1

The keeper seeing Don Quixote fixed in this posture, and finding himself under a necessity of letting loose the he-lion, to avoid the resentment of this enraged and intrepid hero, flung the door of the first cage open, where the lion appeared lying, of a monstrous bigness and terrifying aspect[.]

2

Both father and son admired anew the strange medley of Don Quixote’s discourse, in which so much discretion and madness were jumbled together; and were astonished at the willfulness and obstinacy with which he was so wholly bent upon the search of his misadventurous adventures, that constituted the very aim of all his desires.

3

Don Quixote hearing the petition of the wounded man, declared, in an audible voice, that Basilio requested nothing but what was just and reasonable, and besides very practical, and that senor Camacho’s honour would suffer no more in wedding señora Quiteria as the widow of Basilio, than in receiving her from her father’s own hands[.]