Don Quixote

by: Miguel de Cervantes

The Second Part, Chapters XXXVI–XLI

1

In this manner we were punished by the felonious and ill-designing Malambruno, who covered the smoothness and delicacy of our faces with the roughness of these bristles; and would to heaven he had rather struck off our heads with his unmeasurable scimitar, than obscured the light of our countenances with this frightful bush[.]

2

“[A]nd therefore, if we are not redressed by señor Don Quixote, we must e’en carry our beards to the grave.” “If I do not redress your whiskers, cried the knight, I will leave mine among the Moors.”

3

Meanwhile, night came on, and along with it the time fixed for the arrival of the famous steed Clavileno, whose delay began already to bother Don Quixote; for, he looked up on the detention of the horse, as a sign that he himself was not the knight for whom the adventure was reserved, or that Malambruno was afraid to engage with him in single combat.