**Wherein it is told and known who the knight of the mirrors and his squir_ere**
Don Quixote went off satisfied, elated, and vain-glorious in the highes_egree at having won a victory over such a valiant knight as he fancied him o_he Mirrors to be, and one from whose knightly word he expected to lear_hether the enchantment of his lady still continued; inasmuch as the sai_anquished knight was bound, under the penalty of ceasing to be one, to retur_nd render him an account of what took place between him and her. But Do_uixote was of one mind, he of the Mirrors of another, for he just then had n_hought of anything but finding some village where he could plaster himself,
as has been said already. The history goes on to say, then, that when th_achelor Samson Carrasco recommended Don Quixote to resume his knight-errantr_hich he had laid aside, it was in consequence of having been previously i_onclave with the curate and the barber on the means to be adopted to induc_on Quixote to stay at home in peace and quiet without worrying himself wit_is ill-starred adventures; at which consultation it was decided by th_nanimous vote of all, and on the special advice of Carrasco, that Don Quixot_hould be allowed to go, as it seemed impossible to restrain him, and tha_amson should sally forth to meet him as a knight-errant, and do battle wit_im, for there would be no difficulty about a cause, and vanquish him, tha_eing looked upon as an easy matter; and that it should be agreed and settle_hat the vanquished was to be at the mercy of the victor. Then, Don Quixot_eing vanquished, the bachelor knight was to command him to return to hi_illage and his house, and not quit it for two years, or until he receive_urther orders from him; all which it was clear Don Quixote woul_nhesitatingly obey, rather than contravene or fail to observe the laws o_hivalry; and during the period of his seclusion he might perhaps forget hi_olly, or there might be an opportunity of discovering some ready remedy fo_is madness. Carrasco undertook the task, and Tom Cecial, a gossip an_eighbour of Sancho Panza's, a lively, feather-headed fellow, offered himsel_s his squire. Carrasco armed himself in the fashion described, and To_ecial, that he might not be known by his gossip when they met, fitted on ove_is own natural nose the false masquerade one that has been mentioned; and s_hey followed the same route Don Quixote took, and almost came up with him i_ime to be present at the adventure of the cart of Death and finall_ncountered them in the grove, where all that the sagacious reader has bee_eading about took place; and had it not been for the extraordinary fancies o_on Quixote, and his conviction that the bachelor was not the bachelor, seno_achelor would have been incapacitated for ever from taking his degree o_icentiate, all through not finding nests where he thought to find birds.
Tom Cecial, seeing how ill they had succeeded, and what a sorry end thei_xpedition had come to, said to the bachelor, "Sure enough, Senor Samso_arrasco, we are served right; it is easy enough to plan and set about a_nterprise, but it is often a difficult matter to come well out of it. Do_uixote a madman, and we sane; he goes off laughing, safe, and sound, and yo_re left sore and sorry! I'd like to know now which is the madder, he who i_o because he cannot help it, or he who is so of his own choice?"
To which Samson replied, "The difference between the two sorts of madmen is,
that he who is so will he nil he, will be one always, while he who is so o_is own accord can leave off being one whenever he likes."
"In that case," said Tom Cecial, "I was a madman of my own accord when _olunteered to become your squire, and, of my own accord, I'll leave off bein_ne and go home."
"That's your affair," returned Samson, "but to suppose that I am going hom_ntil I have given Don Quixote a thrashing is absurd; and it is not any wis_hat he may recover his senses that will make me hunt him out now, but a wis_or the sore pain I am in with my ribs won't let me entertain more charitabl_houghts."
Thus discoursing, the pair proceeded until they reached a town where it wa_heir good luck to find a bone-setter, with whose help the unfortunate Samso_as cured. Tom Cecial left him and went home, while he stayed behin_editating vengeance; and the history will return to him again at the prope_ime, so as not to omit making merry with Don Quixote now.