I Hate Writing Blog-Posts Almost As Much As Don Quixote Loves Being A Knight

Hey everyone, it’s your old pal Ryan, writing a blog post for the fifth week this school year. This week ‘s reading was about chapters thirty-eight through fifty-two, ending the first half of the book written by Cervantes. Inside of these chapters, we see don Quixote’s luck start to take a turn for the worse as his misfortunes come back to bite him in the butt, so to speak. It all accumulates into his “friends” convincing him that he is cursed and traps him in a cage to be brought back to la Mancha.

By the time don Quixote gets back to his hometown, legends of his adventures have traveled back to his hometown and when he returned, people were joyous. “Everyone came to see what was in the cart, and when they recognized their fellow villager, they were astonished. A boy ran to give the news to his housekeeper and niece that their master and uncle was coming home, thin and pale, stretched out on a pile of hay, and on an oxcart. It was a pitiful thing to hear the shouts that the two women raised to the heaven, the cuffs they gave themselves, the curses they once again leveled on those vexatious books of chivalry-all of which was repeated when they saw don Quixote enter through the gates.” Even Sancho, his squire, is somewhat grateful to be in his hometown again and with his wife, although he still has not gotten his island or his governorship yet.


My predictions for book two are as follows: Sancho gets his island and becomes a governor, this is the main reason he is even with Quixote and if he doesn’t get it through some weird twist of fate I will be disappointed. I also expect don Quixote to either die through means caused by him, or regain his sanity at some point and then die because he can’t live with what he’s done. Hopefully, it will be sad and emotional as the final knight dies and the end of an era comes to fruition. Another thing I want incorporated into the second book is the introduction of weirder scenarios and more of don Quixote’s imagination and imaginary scenarios and wizards, like the cave of Montesinos, and if Quixote still believes things are enchanted by wizards. The final thing I want is for the second book to deal with the actions the knight and squire have committed in the first half, like freeing the galley slaves for example, and have them come back or referenced in some way or form so they can be judged by their actions and, if they did something nice to a citizen, be rewarded for their deeds.

The first half of this book was one confusing hell of a ride, but I’m interested in seeing what happens next and if we can find some redemption for the Woebegone Knight and his stout squire.