Fifteen years after Don Quixote returns home and puts down the ole rusty, dusty sword, he’s finally back at it. At this point in actual time a new author has written a fake second part to Don Quixote’s story, which Cervantes acknowledges in his real second part to Don Quixote de La Mancha. Everyone at this point is longing for real action on Don Quixote’s part. In this second part of the novel, it seems almost as if the same characters that took him home in the first place are the same ones that want him to go back out. Every character Don Quixote encounters in these first chapters deceive him and continue to play along with his imagination, but this time they’re doing it to keep the story going rather than to make it end.

Do you use ‘Curate’ when ‘Organise’ will do? Well you shouldn’t…

The chapters start off with the priest and the barber visiting Don Quixote after some time of not seeing him. They talked to Don Quixote and asked him a few questions and “Don Quixote spoke with such good sense that the pair of examiners were fully convinced that he was quite recovered and in his full senses”(Cervantes, V. 2 Chp. 1). They both were pretty happy, though, when they get Don Quixote started on Chivalry and realize Don Quixote still loves this stuff and has not changed.

An example of characters deceiving Don Quixote in order to keep Don Quixote on the road is Sancho. Longing to be back on the road with Don Quixote, Sancho agrees to go without his wages being changed as his wife had requested. Don Quixote first wants to visit Dulcinea since its been so long, he and Sancho make their way to El Toboso to see her. Sancho is worried because he has absolutely no idea where to find her, and Don Quixote thinks Sancho does know where she lives because he had sent Sancho to find her before. Sancho goes out alone to “fetch” Dulcinea. Sancho comes back with three, ugly, smelly peasant girls and its supposed to be Dulcinea followed by two of her peasant girls. I find this part funny because Sancho swears up and down that it is Dulcinea, but he knows very well he’s lying. To prove he’s not lying, Sancho says “Now, may God deliver me from the devil! […] and can it be that your worship takes three hackneys- or whatever they’re called- as white as the driven snow, for jackasses? By the Lord, I could tear my beard if that was the case!”(Cervantes, V2 Chp. 10). So of course, Don Quixote plays along and says it must be an enchantment on Dulcinea, and the story continues on smoothly.

Don Quixote is also deceived by Sampson. Sampson promised the housekeeper that he would talk Don Quixote out of his Chivalry nonsense and keep him home. What Sampson did instead was encourage Don Quixote to get out there immediately. He later dressed up as the Knight of the woods, or Knight of mirrors, and recounted a story, very similar to Don Quixote’s, to Don Quixote of his adventures as a knight. In his story Sampson said he had defeated Don Quixote, which Don Quixote says isn’t possible, and they agree to fight. They begin their fight the next day and Sampson is revealed. Then, Sampson says he had planned, with the priest and the barber, to vanquish Don Quixote and send him home. I feel like this was more for Sampson to become apart of the books. He had read the book on Don Quixote before and maybe he wanted that fame too. Either way, Sampson took part of Don Quixote’s imagination, and he played around with it. Rather than try to discourage him from leaving, Sampson wanted Don Quixote to go out and have another adventure, and he had a role in that adventure. But Sampson isn’t any saint or anything, he’s still plotting against Don Quixote in the future.

Most of the characters in the beginning of the second volume, just as the first, lie to Don Quixote about something. The difference is that the characters now want him to go out rather than to stay home. Don Quixote might or might now realize that, but what matters right now is that the adventures continue.