S450 Cervantes' Don Quijote
Don Quijote II, Chapters 33-45
Sancho and the Duquesa. According to Sancho, why does he keep following Don
Sancho and the governorship: is Sancho completely materialistic? Why or why
The boar hunt. What does hunting have to do with Don Quijote (or with the
novel)? With the governorship?
The disenchantment of Dulcinea (start).
The disenchantment of Dulcinea (continued). What is the price of the
disenchantment? Why must Sancho pay it? What is your opinion of it? Is it
just or too harsh?
Carta de Sancho a su mujer.
Arrival of Trifaldín; introduction of la dueña dolorida.
More on dueñas. Note Morel-Fatio's interpretation of the novel
as an attack on hidalguismo, and the dueñas as the feminine
part of this theme.
Arrival of la condesa Trifaldi. Read footnote number 5, which briefly summarizes
Rodríguez Marín's interpretation of this scene: an allusion
to the duque (Rodrigo Girón) de Osuna. Tres Faldas > tres girones
> los Giron; Lobos > Lobuna, Zorros > Zorruna, [Oso] > Osuna].
Have fun with the names (Antonomasia, Clavijo, Maguncia, Archipiela) and
the -ísimo words.
Climax of the condesa's story. Beards again???
The dueña dolorida, continued. The horse's name is Clavileño;
why? Note that there is at least one reference in this chapter to Troy (you
do remember the episode of the Trojan horse, right?)
The ride on Clavileño. Note Sancho's reaction to the prospect of this
adventure and who/what causes him to participate. Compare/contrast the ascent
on the horse up to the heavens (according to Sancho, for example), and the
descent into the cave of Montesinos, and the attitudes of Don Quijote and
Sancho towards the tale the other has to tell. On page 834 note the reference
to "dos valientes" (Don Quijote and Sancho), with Sancho getting almost
equal billing now.
First, matters concerning governing in general. Then, Don Quijote's advice
to Sancho before the latter goes to his isle (for the embellishment of the
soul). Does this apply only to Sancho?
More advice to Sancho, but in this case advice for the adornment of the body.
The first paragraph says in this part Don Quijote puso su discreción
y su locura en un levantado punto ("displayed both his sense and his
madness to a great degree"). Does he?
Literary digression, then Sancho's departure for the isle.
For the next several chapters the two main characters will be separated;
generally, one chapter will deal with one of them, then the next chapter
will deal with the other. You might look for parallels/contrasts in these
pairs of chapters.
The latter part of this chapter deals with two problems facing Don Quijote:
his stockings and Altisidora. Any relevance for all this?
Sancho the Governor faces his first challenges. How's he doing? Why?
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