Don Quixote

Don Quixote

by

Miguel de Cervantes

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Don Quixote: Part 2, Chapter 37 Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Sancho does not want Quixote to take on this quest, because he is suspicious of duennas in general. Doña Rodríguez responds that squires in general are likewise the enemies of duennas, who are virtuous and downtrodden. Suddenly they hear a fife and drum announcing the arrival of the Dolorous Duenna herself.
Sancho’s inexplicable hatred of duennas seems to be nothing more than comic relief. It also adds to the class tensions of these episodes – especially the false friendship of the royal couple.
Themes
Literature, Realism, and Idealism Theme Icon
Self-Invention, Class Identity, and Social Change Theme Icon