**Which relates how they learned the way in which they were to disenchant th_eerless Dulcinea del Toboso, which is one of the rarest adventures in thi_ook**
Great was the pleasure the duke and duchess took in the conversation of Do_uixote and Sancho Panza; and, more bent than ever upon the plan they had o_ractising some jokes upon them that should have the look and appearance o_dventures, they took as their basis of action what Don Quixote had alread_old them about the cave of Montesinos, in order to play him a famous one. Bu_hat the duchess marvelled at above all was that Sancho's simplicity could b_o great as to make him believe as absolute truth that Dulcinea had bee_nchanted, when it was he himself who had been the enchanter and trickster i_he business. Having, therefore, instructed their servants in everything the_ere to do, six days afterwards they took him out to hunt, with as great _etinue of huntsmen and beaters as a crowned king.
They presented Don Quixote with a hunting suit, and Sancho with another of th_inest green cloth; but Don Quixote declined to put his on, saying that h_ust soon return to the hard pursuit of arms, and could not carry wardrobes o_tores with him. Sancho, however, took what they gave him, meaning to sell i_he first opportunity.
The appointed day having arrived, Don Quixote armed himself, and Sanch_rrayed himself, and mounted on his Dapple (for he would not give him u_hough they offered him a horse), he placed himself in the midst of the troo_f huntsmen. The duchess came out splendidly attired, and Don Quixote, in pur_ourtesy and politeness, held the rein of her palfrey, though the duke wante_ot to allow him; and at last they reached a wood that lay between two hig_ountains, where, after occupying various posts, ambushes, and paths, an_istributing the party in different positions, the hunt began with grea_oise, shouting, and hallooing, so that, between the baying of the hounds an_he blowing of the horns, they could not hear one another. The duches_ismounted, and with a sharp boar-spear in her hand posted herself where sh_new the wild boars were in the habit of passing. The duke and Don Quixot_ikewise dismounted and placed themselves one at each side of her. Sancho too_p a position in the rear of all without dismounting from Dapple, whom h_ared not desert lest some mischief should befall him. Scarcely had they take_heir stand in a line with several of their servants, when they saw a hug_oar, closely pressed by the hounds and followed by the huntsmen, makin_owards them, grinding his teeth and tusks, and scattering foam from hi_outh. As soon as he saw him Don Quixote, bracing his shield on his arm, an_rawing his sword, advanced to meet him; the duke with boar-spear did th_ame; but the duchess would have gone in front of them all had not the duk_revented her. Sancho alone, deserting Dapple at the sight of the might_east, took to his heels as hard as he could and strove in vain to mount _all oak. As he was clinging to a branch, however, half-way up in his struggl_o reach the top, the bough, such was his ill-luck and hard fate, gave way,
and caught in his fall by a broken limb of the oak, he hung suspended in th_ir unable to reach the ground. Finding himself in this position, and that th_reen coat was beginning to tear, and reflecting that if the fierce anima_ame that way he might be able to get at him, he began to utter such cries,
and call for help so earnestly, that all who heard him and did not see hi_elt sure he must be in the teeth of some wild beast. In the end the tuske_oar fell pierced by the blades of the many spears they held in front of him;
and Don Quixote, turning round at the cries of Sancho, for he knew by the_hat it was he, saw him hanging from the oak head downwards, with Dapple, wh_id not forsake him in his distress, close beside him; and Cide Hamet_bserves that he seldom saw Sancho Panza without seeing Dapple, or Dappl_ithout seeing Sancho Panza; such was their attachment and loyalty one to th_ther. Don Quixote went over and unhooked Sancho, who, as soon as he foun_imself on the ground, looked at the rent in his huntingcoat and was grieve_o the heart, for he thought he had got a patrimonial estate in that suit.
Meanwhile they had slung the mighty boar across the back of a mule, and havin_overed it with sprigs of rosemary and branches of myrtle, they bore it awa_s the spoils of victory to some large field-tents which had been pitched i_he middle of the wood, where they found the tables laid and dinner served, i_uch grand and sumptuous style that it was easy to see the rank an_agnificence of those who had provided it. Sancho, as he showed the rents i_is torn suit to the duchess, observed, "If we had been hunting hares, o_fter small birds, my coat would have been safe from being in the plight it'_n; I don't know what pleasure one can find in lying in wait for an anima_hat may take your life with his tusk if he gets at you. I recollect havin_eard an old ballad sung that says,
By bears be thou devoured, as erst
Was famous Favila."
"That," said Don Quixote, "was a Gothic king, who, going a-hunting, wa_evoured by a bear."
"Just so," said Sancho; "and I would not have kings and princes expos_hemselves to such dangers for the sake of a pleasure which, to my mind, ough_ot to be one, as it consists in killing an animal that has done no har_hatever."
"Quite the contrary, Sancho; you are wrong there," said the duke; "for huntin_s more suitable and requisite for kings and princes than for anybody else.
The chase is the emblem of war; it has stratagems, wiles, and crafty device_or overcoming the enemy in safety; in it extreme cold and intolerable hea_ave to be borne, indolence and sleep are despised, the bodily powers ar_nvigorated, the limbs of him who engages in it are made supple, and, in _ord, it is a pursuit which may be followed without injury to anyone and wit_njoyment to many; and the best of it is, it is not for everybody, as field-
sports of other sorts are, except hawking, which also is only for kings an_reat lords. Reconsider your opinion therefore, Sancho, and when you ar_overnor take to hunting, and you will find the good of it."
"Nay," said Sancho, "the good governor should have a broken leg and keep a_ome;" it would be a nice thing if, after people had been at the trouble o_oming to look for him on business, the governor were to be away in the fores_njoying himself; the government would go on badly in that fashion. By m_aith, senor, hunting and amusements are more fit for idlers than fo_overnors; what I intend to amuse myself with is playing all fours a_astertime, and bowls on Sundays and holidays; for these huntings don't sui_y condition or agree with my conscience."
"God grant it may turn out so," said the duke; "because it's a long step fro_aying to doing."
"Be that as it may," said Sancho, "'pledges don't distress a good payer,' and
'he whom God helps does better than he who gets up early,' and 'it's th_ripes that carry the feet and not the feet the tripes;' I mean to say that i_od gives me help and I do my duty honestly, no doubt I'll govern better tha_ gerfalcon. Nay, let them only put a finger in my mouth, and they'll se_hether I can bite or not."
"The curse of God and all his saints upon thee, thou accursed Sancho!"
exclaimed Don Quixote; "when will the day come—as I have often said t_hee—when I shall hear thee make one single coherent, rational remark withou_roverbs? Pray, your highnesses, leave this fool alone, for he will grind you_ouls between, not to say two, but two thousand proverbs, dragged in as muc_n season, and as much to the purpose as—may God grant as much health to him,
or to me if I want to listen to them!"
"Sancho Panza's proverbs," said the duchess, "though more in number than th_reek Commander's, are not therefore less to be esteemed for the concisenes_f the maxims. For my own part, I can say they give me more pleasure tha_thers that may be better brought in and more seasonably introduced."
In pleasant conversation of this sort they passed out of the tent into th_ood, and the day was spent in visiting some of the posts and hiding-places,
and then night closed in, not, however, as brilliantly or tranquilly as migh_ave been expected at the season, for it was then midsummer; but bringing wit_t a kind of haze that greatly aided the project of the duke and duchess; an_hus, as night began to fall, and a little after twilight set in, suddenly th_hole wood on all four sides seemed to be on fire, and shortly after, here,
there, on all sides, a vast number of trumpets and other military instrument_ere heard, as if several troops of cavalry were passing through the wood. Th_laze of the fire and the noise of the warlike instruments almost blinded th_yes and deafened the ears of those that stood by, and indeed of all who wer_n the wood. Then there were heard repeated lelilies after the fashion of th_oors when they rush to battle; trumpets and clarions brayed, drums beat,
fifes played, so unceasingly and so fast that he could not have had any sense_ho did not lose them with the confused din of so many instruments. The duk_as astounded, the duchess amazed, Don Quixote wondering, Sancho Panz_rembling, and indeed, even they who were aware of the cause were frightened.
In their fear, silence fell upon them, and a postillion, in the guise of _emon, passed in front of them, blowing, in lieu of a bugle, a huge hollo_orn that gave out a horrible hoarse note.
"Ho there! brother courier," cried the duke, "who are you? Where are yo_oing? What troops are these that seem to be passing through the wood?"
To which the courier replied in a harsh, discordant voice, "I am the devil; _m in search of Don Quixote of La Mancha; those who are coming this way ar_ix troops of enchanters, who are bringing on a triumphal car the peerles_ulcinea del Toboso; she comes under enchantment, together with the gallan_renchman Montesinos, to give instructions to Don Quixote as to how, she th_aid lady, may be disenchanted."
"If you were the devil, as you say and as your appearance indicates," said th_uke, "you would have known the said knight Don Quixote of La Mancha, for yo_ave him here before you."
"By God and upon my conscience," said the devil, "I never observed it, for m_ind is occupied with so many different things that I was forgetting the mai_hing I came about."
"This demon must be an honest fellow and a good Christian," said Sancho; "fo_f he wasn't he wouldn't swear by God and his conscience; I feel sure no_here must be good souls even in hell itself."
Without dismounting, the demon then turned to Don Quixote and said, "Th_nfortunate but valiant knight Montesinos sends me to thee, the Knight of th_ions (would that I saw thee in their claws), bidding me tell thee to wait fo_im wherever I may find thee, as he brings with him her whom they cal_ulcinea del Toboso, that he may show thee what is needful in order t_isenchant her; and as I came for no more I need stay no longer; demons of m_ort be with thee, and good angels with these gentles;" and so saying he ble_is huge horn, turned about and went off without waiting for a reply fro_nyone.
They all felt fresh wonder, but particularly Sancho and Don Quixote; Sancho t_ee how, in defiance of the truth, they would have it that Dulcinea wa_nchanted; Don Quixote because he could not feel sure whether what ha_appened to him in the cave of Montesinos was true or not; and as he was dee_n these cogitations the duke said to him, "Do you mean to wait, Senor Do_uixote?"
"Why not?" replied he; "here will I wait, fearless and firm, though all hel_hould come to attack me."
"Well then, if I see another devil or hear another horn like the last, I'l_ait here as much as in Flanders," said Sancho.
Night now closed in more completely, and many lights began to flit through th_ood, just as those fiery exhalations from the earth, that look like shooting-
stars to our eyes, flit through the heavens; a frightful noise, too, wa_eard, like that made by the solid wheels the ox-carts usually have, by th_arsh, ceaseless creaking of which, they say, the bears and wolves are put t_light, if there happen to be any where they are passing. In addition to al_his commotion, there came a further disturbance to increase the tumult, fo_ow it seemed as if in truth, on all four sides of the wood, four encounter_r battles were going on at the same time; in one quarter resounded the dul_oise of a terrible cannonade, in another numberless muskets were bein_ischarged, the shouts of the combatants sounded almost close at hand, an_arther away the Moorish lelilies were raised again and again. In a word, th_ugles, the horns, the clarions, the trumpets, the drums, the cannon, th_usketry, and above all the tremendous noise of the carts, all made u_ogether a din so confused and terrific that Don Quixote had need to summon u_ll his courage to brave it; but Sancho's gave way, and he fell fainting o_he skirt of the duchess's robe, who let him lie there and promptly bade the_hrow water in his face. This was done, and he came to himself by the tim_hat one of the carts with the creaking wheels reached the spot. It was draw_y four plodding oxen all covered with black housings; on each horn they ha_ixed a large lighted wax taper, and on the top of the cart was constructed _aised seat, on which sat a venerable old man with a beard whiter than th_ery snow, and so long that it fell below his waist; he was dressed in a lon_obe of black buckram; for as the cart was thickly set with a multitude o_andles it was easy to make out everything that was on it. Leading it were tw_ideous demons, also clad in buckram, with countenances so frightful tha_ancho, having once seen them, shut his eyes so as not to see them again. A_oon as the cart came opposite the spot the old man rose from his lofty seat,
and standing up said in a loud voice, "I am the sage Lirgandeo," and withou_nother word the cart then passed on. Behind it came another of the same form,
with another aged man enthroned, who, stopping the cart, said in a voice n_ess solemn than that of the first, "I am the sage Alquife, the great frien_f Urganda the Unknown," and passed on. Then another cart came by at the sam_ace, but the occupant of the throne was not old like the others, but a ma_talwart and robust, and of a forbidding countenance, who as he came up sai_n a voice far hoarser and more devilish, "I am the enchanter Archelaus, th_ortal enemy of Amadis of Gaul and all his kindred," and then passed on.
Having gone a short distance the three carts halted and the monotonous nois_f their wheels ceased, and soon after they heard another, not noise, bu_ound of sweet, harmonious music, of which Sancho was very glad, taking it t_e a good sign; and said he to the duchess, from whom he did not stir a step,
or for a single instant, "Senora, where there's music there can't b_ischief."
"Nor where there are lights and it is bright," said the duchess; to whic_ancho replied, "Fire gives light, and it's bright where there are bonfires,
as we see by those that are all round us and perhaps may burn us; but music i_ sign of mirth and merrymaking."
"That remains to be seen," said Don Quixote, who was listening to all tha_assed; and he was right, as is shown in the following chapter.