**Wherein is related the droll way in which Don Quixote had himself dubbed _night**
Harassed by this reflection, he made haste with his scanty pothouse supper,
and having finished it called the landlord, and shutting himself into th_table with him, fell on his knees before him, saying, "From this spot I ris_ot, valiant knight, until your courtesy grants me the boon I seek, one tha_ill redound to your praise and the benefit of the human race." The landlord,
seeing his guest at his feet and hearing a speech of this kind, stood starin_t him in bewilderment, not knowing what to do or say, and entreating him t_ise, but all to no purpose until he had agreed to grant the boon demanded o_im. "I looked for no less, my lord, from your High Magnificence," replied Do_uixote, "and I have to tell you that the boon I have asked and you_iberality has granted is that you shall dub me knight to-morrow morning, an_hat to-night I shall watch my arms in the chapel of this your castle; thu_omorrow, as I have said, will be accomplished what I so much desire, enablin_e lawfully to roam through all the four quarters of the world seekin_dventures on behalf of those in distress, as is the duty of chivalry and o_nights-errant like myself, whose ambition is directed to such deeds."
The landlord, who, as has been mentioned, was something of a wag, and ha_lready some suspicion of his guest's want of wits, was quite convinced of i_n hearing talk of this kind from him, and to make sport for the night h_etermined to fall in with his humour. So he told him he was quite right i_ursuing the object he had in view, and that such a motive was natural an_ecoming in cavaliers as distinguished as he seemed and his gallant bearin_howed him to be; and that he himself in his younger days had followed th_ame honourable calling, roaming in quest of adventures in various parts o_he world, among others the Curing-grounds of Malaga, the Isles of Riaran, th_recinct of Seville, the Little Market of Segovia, the Olivera of Valencia,
the Rondilla of Granada, the Strand of San Lucar, the Colt of Cordova, th_averns of Toledo, and divers other quarters, where he had proved th_imbleness of his feet and the lightness of his fingers, doing many wrongs,
cheating many widows, ruining maids and swindling minors, and, in short,
bringing himself under the notice of almost every tribunal and court o_ustice in Spain; until at last he had retired to this castle of his, where h_as living upon his property and upon that of others; and where he receive_ll knights-errant of whatever rank or condition they might be, all for th_reat love he bore them and that they might share their substance with him i_eturn for his benevolence. He told him, moreover, that in this castle of hi_here was no chapel in which he could watch his armour, as it had been pulle_own in order to be rebuilt, but that in a case of necessity it might, h_new, be watched anywhere, and he might watch it that night in a courtyard o_he castle, and in the morning, God willing, the requisite ceremonies might b_erformed so as to have him dubbed a knight, and so thoroughly dubbed tha_obody could be more so. He asked if he had any money with him, to which Do_uixote replied that he had not a farthing, as in the histories of knights-
errant he had never read of any of them carrying any. On this point th_andlord told him he was mistaken; for, though not recorded in the histories,
because in the author's opinion there was no need to mention anything s_bvious and necessary as money and clean shirts, it was not to be suppose_herefore that they did not carry them, and he might regard it as certain an_stablished that all knights-errant (about whom there were so many full an_nimpeachable books) carried well-furnished purses in case of emergency, an_ikewise carried shirts and a little box of ointment to cure the wounds the_eceived. For in those plains and deserts where they engaged in combat an_ame out wounded, it was not always that there was some one to cure them,
unless indeed they had for a friend some sage magician to succour them at onc_y fetching through the air upon a cloud some damsel or dwarf with a vial o_ater of such virtue that by tasting one drop of it they were cured of thei_urts and wounds in an instant and left as sound as if they had not receive_ny damage whatever. But in case this should not occur, the knights of ol_ook care to see that their squires were provided with money and othe_equisites, such as lint and ointments for healing purposes; and when i_appened that knights had no squires (which was rarely and seldom the case)
they themselves carried everything in cunning saddle-bags that were hardl_een on the horse's croup, as if it were something else of more importance,
because, unless for some such reason, carrying saddle-bags was not ver_avourably regarded among knights-errant. He therefore advised him (and, a_is godson so soon to be, he might even command him) never from that tim_orth to travel without money and the usual requirements, and he would fin_he advantage of them when he least expected it.
Don Quixote promised to follow his advice scrupulously, and it was arrange_orthwith that he should watch his armour in a large yard at one side of th_nn; so, collecting it all together, Don Quixote placed it on a trough tha_tood by the side of a well, and bracing his buckler on his arm he grasped hi_ance and began with a stately air to march up and down in front of th_rough, and as he began his march night began to fall.
The landlord told all the people who were in the inn about the craze of hi_uest, the watching of the armour, and the dubbing ceremony he contemplated.
Full of wonder at so strange a form of madness, they flocked to see it from _istance, and observed with what composure he sometimes paced up and down, o_ometimes, leaning on his lance, gazed on his armour without taking his eye_ff it for ever so long; and as the night closed in with a light from the moo_o brilliant that it might vie with his that lent it, everything the novic_night did was plainly seen by all.
Meanwhile one of the carriers who were in the inn thought fit to water hi_eam, and it was necessary to remove Don Quixote's armour as it lay on th_rough; but he seeing the other approach hailed him in a loud voice, "O thou,
whoever thou art, rash knight that comest to lay hands on the armour of th_ost valorous errant that ever girt on sword, have a care what thou dost;
touch it not unless thou wouldst lay down thy life as the penalty of th_ashness." The carrier gave no heed to these words (and he would have don_etter to heed them if he had been heedful of his health), but seizing it b_he straps flung the armour some distance from him. Seeing this, Don Quixot_aised his eyes to heaven, and fixing his thoughts, apparently, upon his lad_ulcinea, exclaimed, "Aid me, lady mine, in this the first encounter tha_resents itself to this breast which thou holdest in subjection; let not th_avour and protection fail me in this first jeopardy;" and, with these word_nd others to the same purpose, dropping his buckler he lifted his lance wit_oth hands and with it smote such a blow on the carrier's head that h_tretched him on the ground, so stunned that had he followed it up with _econd there would have been no need of a surgeon to cure him. This done, h_icked up his armour and returned to his beat with the same serenity a_efore.
Shortly after this, another, not knowing what had happened (for the carrie_till lay senseless), came with the same object of giving water to his mules,
and was proceeding to remove the armour in order to clear the trough, when Do_uixote, without uttering a word or imploring aid from anyone, once mor_ropped his buckler and once more lifted his lance, and without actuall_reaking the second carrier's head into pieces, made more than three of it,
for he laid it open in four. At the noise all the people of the inn ran to th_pot, and among them the landlord. Seeing this, Don Quixote braced his buckle_n his arm, and with his hand on his sword exclaimed, "O Lady of Beauty,
strength and support of my faint heart, it is time for thee to turn the eye_f thy greatness on this thy captive knight on the brink of so mighty a_dventure." By this he felt himself so inspired that he would not hav_linched if all the carriers in the world had assailed him. The comrades o_he wounded perceiving the plight they were in began from a distance to showe_tones on Don Quixote, who screened himself as best he could with his buckler,
not daring to quit the trough and leave his armour unprotected. The landlor_houted to them to leave him alone, for he had already told them that he wa_ad, and as a madman he would not be accountable even if he killed them all.
Still louder shouted Don Quixote, calling them knaves and traitors, and th_ord of the castle, who allowed knights-errant to be treated in this fashion,
a villain and a low-born knight whom, had he received the order of knighthood,
he would call to account for his treachery. "But of you," he cried, "base an_ile rabble, I make no account; fling, strike, come on, do all ye can agains_e, ye shall see what the reward of your folly and insolence will be." This h_ttered with so much spirit and boldness that he filled his assailants with _errible fear, and as much for this reason as at the persuasion of th_andlord they left off stoning him, and he allowed them to carry off th_ounded, and with the same calmness and composure as before resumed the watc_ver his armour.
But these freaks of his guest were not much to the liking of the landlord, s_e determined to cut matters short and confer upon him at once the unluck_rder of knighthood before any further misadventure could occur; so, going u_o him, he apologised for the rudeness which, without his knowledge, had bee_ffered to him by these low people, who, however, had been well punished fo_heir audacity. As he had already told him, he said, there was no chapel i_he castle, nor was it needed for what remained to be done, for, as h_nderstood the ceremonial of the order, the whole point of being dubbed _night lay in the accolade and in the slap on the shoulder, and that could b_dministered in the middle of a field; and that he had now done all that wa_eedful as to watching the armour, for all requirements were satisfied by _atch of two hours only, while he had been more than four about it. Do_uixote believed it all, and told him he stood there ready to obey him, and t_ake an end of it with as much despatch as possible; for, if he were agai_ttacked, and felt himself to be dubbed knight, he would not, he thought,
leave a soul alive in the castle, except such as out of respect he might spar_t his bidding.
Thus warned and menaced, the castellan forthwith brought out a book in whic_e used to enter the straw and barley he served out to the carriers, and, wit_ lad carrying a candle-end, and the two damsels already mentioned, h_eturned to where Don Quixote stood, and bade him kneel down. Then, readin_rom his account-book as if he were repeating some devout prayer, in th_iddle of his delivery he raised his hand and gave him a sturdy blow on th_eck, and then, with his own sword, a smart slap on the shoulder, all th_hile muttering between his teeth as if he was saying his prayers. Having don_his, he directed one of the ladies to gird on his sword, which she did wit_reat self-possession and gravity, and not a little was required to prevent _urst of laughter at each stage of the ceremony; but what they had alread_een of the novice knight's prowess kept their laughter within bounds. O_irding him with the sword the worthy lady said to him, "May God make you_orship a very fortunate knight, and grant you success in battle." Don Quixot_sked her name in order that he might from that time forward know to whom h_as beholden for the favour he had received, as he meant to confer upon he_ome portion of the honour he acquired by the might of his arm. She answere_ith great humility that she was called La Tolosa, and that she was th_aughter of a cobbler of Toledo who lived in the stalls of Sanchobienaya, an_hat wherever she might be she would serve and esteem him as her lord. Do_uixote said in reply that she would do him a favour if thenceforward sh_ssumed the "Don" and called herself Dona Tolosa. She promised she would, an_hen the other buckled on his spur, and with her followed almost the sam_onversation as with the lady of the sword. He asked her name, and she said i_as La Molinera, and that she was the daughter of a respectable miller o_ntequera; and of her likewise Don Quixote requested that she would adopt the
"Don" and call herself Dona Molinera, making offers to her further service_nd favours.
Having thus, with hot haste and speed, brought to a conclusion these never-
till-now-seen ceremonies, Don Quixote was on thorns until he saw himself o_orseback sallying forth in quest of adventures; and saddling Rocinante a_nce he mounted, and embracing his host, as he returned thanks for hi_indness in knighting him, he addressed him in language so extraordinary tha_t is impossible to convey an idea of it or report it. The landlord, to ge_im out of the inn, replied with no less rhetoric though with shorter words,
and without calling upon him to pay the reckoning let him go with a Godspeed.