Don Quixote

Don Quixote


Miguel de Cervantes

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Don Quixote: Part 2, Chapter 13 Summary & Analysis

The squires discuss the hardships and rewards of their chosen lifestyle. Their masters seem very strange to them; the Squire of the Forest mentions that his master is only pretending to be insane to help another knight. Sancho replies that his master is all innocence and kindness, though he is silly and easily deceived. The Squire of the Forest shares a bottle of wine and a rabbit pie with Sancho, who, it turns out, is a master at judging wine.
Sancho believes that Quixote is innocent because he never pretends to be someone he’s not. Even though Quixote chose to become a knight, he also believes knighthood was his destiny (the opposite of choice) – the only possible reality. In this way, his innocence and his madness overlap.
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