Don Quixote, the book, and the character himself have the main theme of imagination. Everything around, inside, outside, beside and blindside has been in the eyes of the man who interprets what he sees as what he imagines it to be. First volume Sancho has the opposite spectrum of imagination. Sancho looks at something and he knows what it is by the very eyes that saw it. No vision is used, whether a good logical statement or a simpleminded one and Sancho learns the hard way about which one to say.
The second volume Sancho might as well be a different person, much as Don Quixote. Sancho starts acting like Don Quixote and it’s pretty scary looking at the two. Sancho believes what Don Quixote says about Dulcinea’s enchantment in chapter ten. Don Quixote tells Sancho “Sancho, what do you think of how the enchanters despise me?… they had to transform and change her into a figure as lowborn and ugly as that peasant…”(Grossman, vol 2, ch 10) to which Sancho replies “Oh you dog! Oh, you miserable, evil enchanters, if only I could see you all stung by the gills like sardines on a fisherman’s reed!”(Grossman, vol 2, ch 10) . Sancho seems to feel the same way Don Quixote feels about Dulcinea’s “enchantment” he wants to help Don Quixote, and he’ll get his chance.
The Duke and Duchess give a solution to Don Quixote’s problem. It’s obviously the wrong solution but Don Quixote is willing to try anything to save Dulcinea. The solution is to have Sancho spanked in the bum with a lash three thousand and three hundred times. After a lot of coaxing from Don Quixote, Sancho says this “… I’ll be very happy to give my self three thousand three hundred lashes… to wipe out the debt… so the world can see the beauty of Senora Dulcinea of Toboso…”(Grossman, vol 2, ch 35) and while Sancho never gets the three thousand three hundred lashes, he later tells that he already spanked himself five times.
Don Quixote’s initial bargain with Sancho to go on an adventure with him is to give Sancho an island and the duke and duchess sort of give him that. Sancho believes that he is the governor while the duke and duchess again prank him by making him eat very little while showing a lot. Sancho finally drops to the lowest of the low by literally falling into a cave that he can’t get out of. While never fearful he does get lonely: “Evil is welcome if it comes along(Grossman, vol 2, ch 55) and who saves Sancho? The ingenious gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha. Don Quixote, for the first time, gives Sancho a reality of what the duke and duchess really want. Not imagination, not enchanters, not giants and not an army of people that are really sheep; Don Quixote gives Sancho reality. Sancho takes Don Quixote’s reality and reigns his “governorship” and says a lot and hee’s some: “… I entered naked and I’m naked now… I haven’t borrowed any money from anybody, or taken any profits… I’ll jump out of the governorship and pass into the service of my master, Don Quixote…”(Grossman, vol 2, ch 55). Sancho, as well as Don Quixote, said farewell to the duke and the duchess and got the last laugh.