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Method to Madness

Don Quixote: Method to Madness Don Quixote is a middle-aged gentleman of La Mancha who reads one too many books of chivalry and decides to become a knight. He polishes an old suit of armor, takes a peasant named Sancho Panza as his squire, and sets out into the world to do good deeds in the name of his love, Dulcinea. To the concern of friends from his village, he has dozens of hapless adventures: he rescues prisoners, defends the weak, and reunites old loves. He also battles enemy knights and soldiers. His only problem is that he often gets things wrong, mistaking strangers for enemies, falling off his horse, and being beaten senseless by mule-drivers. He blames every failure on the magic of an evil enchanter he believes to be his nemesis. Everywhere he goes, Don Quixote sees the everyday as the legendary: he confuses inns for castles, windmills for giants, and prostitutes for princesses. These misinterpretations often make him the center of other people's jokes: a duke and a duchess play tricks on him, even Sancho and his friends the barber and the priest try to fool him for his own good from time to time. But just as often, Don Quixote's vision of the world asserts itself in the lives of those around him, and those who begin by mocking him end by following his example. A young student named Sampson Carrasco first poses as the Knight of Mirrors and does battle with Don Quixote as a jest, but when he loses, he dedicates himself to revenge and becomes the Knight of the White Moon, who will finally end the great hero's career. Don Quixote travels throughout Spain, from La Mancha and the Sierra Morena to Barcelona, stopping at countless inns and villages along the way. He befriends goatherds and gentlemen, and his story is written as a history . The knight is sometimes triumphant, as in the battle with the Knight of Mirrors, and sometimes ridiculous, helplessly trampled by cattle or pigs as the result of some misadventure. Bu...

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