The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes

The squire, Lazaro’s third master, is a figure of minor nobility who is obsessed with maintaining an appearance of wealth that he does not have. He dresses in fine clothes and carries a nice sword, but his home is empty of furniture save for a tattered old mattress, and he never has anything to eat. Lazaro, while in the squire’s service, takes pity on him and helps him by sharing the food he is able to collect by begging. The squire symbolizes the foolishness of a superficial notion of honor that is based more on appearances and the opinions of others than actual virtue.

The squire Quotes in The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes

The The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes quotes below are all either spoken by The squire or refer to The squire. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 3 Quotes

“Stuffing is a pursuit for pigs, and men who have any self-respect should eat moderately.”

“Oh, I know what you mean alright!” I said to myself. “And to hell with all the medicinal qualities and other virtues which every master I take up with manages to find in my hunger.”

Related Characters: Lazaro de Tormes (speaker), The squire
Page Number: 60
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“Oh Lord, how many of this sort must there be scattered through the world, suffering things for the moldy misery they call honor which they would never suffer for thee!”

Related Characters: Lazaro de Tormes (speaker), The squire
Page Number: 66
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“He’s poor,” I said to myself, “and nobody can give what he hasn’t got. Whereas that miserly blind man and that niggardly skin-flint of a priest had both done alright for themselves in the name of God, the one with his hand-kissing and the other with his line of patter, and they starved me half to death. So it’s perfectly fair to be down on them and to take pity on this one.”

Related Characters: Lazaro de Tormes (speaker), The blind man, The priest, The squire
Page Number: 73
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“Sinner that I am,” I said, “that’s why God doesn’t put Himself out to keep you, because you won’t let anybody ask Him to!”

Related Characters: Lazaro de Tormes (speaker), The squire
Page Number: 82
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Chapter 6 Quotes

I did so well at this trade that at the end of the four years which I spent at it, by carefully putting aside my money I’d saved up enough to outfit myself decently in a suit of second-hand clothes…. Once I was respectably dressed I told my master to take back his donkey because I didn’t want to follow that trade any more.

Related Characters: Lazaro de Tormes (speaker), The squire
Page Number: 111-112
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The squire Character Timeline in The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes

The timeline below shows where the character The squire appears in The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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...him to go find a job instead of begging. Lazaro meets his third master, the squire, while begging on the street. Lazaro notes the squire’s decent appearance and dress. The squire... (full context)
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Lazaro spends the entire morning following the squire around town and through the market, where Lazaro is surprised to see that the squire... (full context)
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Finally, Lazaro and the squire arrive at the squire’s home. Once inside, the squire questions Lazaro about his past. Lazaro... (full context)
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Lazaro notices that the squire’s house seems completely empty of furniture or food. The squire asks Lazaro is he has... (full context)
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...a piece of bread he had saved from begging and begins eating it. When the squire sees Lazaro eating, he becomes excited and says the bread looks delicious. The squire takes... (full context)
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Lazaro and the squire go into the squire’s bedroom, where Lazaro sees that the bed is made up of... (full context)
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In the morning, the squire dresses himself very slowly. He shows Lazaro his sword, which is very finely crafted. Then,... (full context)
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...the house to fetch water from the river. While he is out he sees the squire in a garden talking to two women. The women ask the squire for lunch, but... (full context)
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Lazaro becomes hungry while waiting for the squire to return and leaves the house again to beg for some bread. The townspeople are... (full context)
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One night when the squire gets out of bed to use the bathroom, Lazaro decides to see whether the squire... (full context)
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One day the squire comes home with a real (the equivalent of around 68 blancas) and tells Lazaro that... (full context)
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In the days that follow, Lazaro and the squire eat very well. One day, when the squire is in a good mood, Lazaro decides... (full context)
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...house and for the old mattress. The amount they ask for is more than the squire makes in a year, but the squire responds that it’s not a problem and that... (full context)
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...law. Upon entering the house and finding it empty, they accuse Lazaro of stealing the squire’s valuables and hiding them elsewhere. Lazaro begins to cry and explains that the squire had... (full context)