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The duke and duchess resolved that the challenge Don Quixote had, for th_eason already mentioned, given their vassal, should be proceeded with; and a_he young man was in Flanders, whither he had fled to escape having Don_odriguez for a mother-in-law, they arranged to substitute for him a Gasco_acquey, named Tosilos, first of all carefully instructing him in all he ha_o do. Two days later the duke told Don Quixote that in four days from tha_ime his opponent would present himself on the field of battle armed as _night, and would maintain that the damsel lied by half a beard, nay a whol_eard, if she affirmed that he had given her a promise of marriage. Do_uixote was greatly pleased at the news, and promised himself to do wonders i_he lists, and reckoned it rare good fortune that an opportunity should hav_ffered for letting his noble hosts see what the might of his strong arm wa_apable of; and so in high spirits and satisfaction he awaited the expiratio_f the four days, which measured by his impatience seemed spinning themselve_ut into four hundred ages. Let us leave them to pass as we do other things,
and go and bear Sancho company, as mounted on Dapple, half glad, half sad, h_aced along on his road to join his master, in whose society he was happie_han in being governor of all the islands in the world. Well then, it s_appened that before he had gone a great way from the island of his government
(and whether it was island, city, town, or village that he governed he neve_roubled himself to inquire) he saw coming along the road he was travellin_ix pilgrims with staves, foreigners of that sort that beg for alms singing;
who as they drew near arranged themselves in a line and lifting up thei_oices all together began to sing in their own language something that Sanch_ould not with the exception of one word which sounded plainly "alms," fro_hich he gathered that it was alms they asked for in their song; and being, a_ide Hamete says, remarkably charitable, he took out of his alforias the hal_oaf and half cheese he had been provided with, and gave them to them,
explaining to them by signs that he had nothing else to give them. The_eceived them very gladly, but exclaimed, "Geld! Geld!"
"I don't understand what you want of me, good people," said Sancho.
On this one of them took a purse out of his bosom and showed it to Sancho, b_hich he comprehended they were asking for money, and putting his thumb to hi_hroat and spreading his hand upwards he gave them to understand that he ha_ot the sign of a coin about him, and urging Dapple forward he broke throug_hem. But as he was passing, one of them who had been examining him ver_losely rushed towards him, and flinging his arms round him exclaimed in _oud voice and good Spanish, "God bless me! What's this I see? Is it possibl_hat I hold in my arms my dear friend, my good neighbour Sancho Panza? Bu_here's no doubt about it, for I'm not asleep, nor am I drunk just now."
Sancho was surprised to hear himself called by his name and find himsel_mbraced by a foreign pilgrim, and after regarding him steadily withou_peaking he was still unable to recognise him; but the pilgrim perceiving hi_erplexity cried, "What! and is it possible, Sancho Panza, that thou dost no_now thy neighbour Ricote, the Morisco shopkeeper of thy village?"
Sancho upon this looking at him more carefully began to recall his features,
and at last recognised him perfectly, and without getting off the ass thre_is arms round his neck saying, "Who the devil could have known thee, Ricote,
in this mummer's dress thou art in? Tell me, who bas frenchified thee, and ho_ost thou dare to return to Spain, where if they catch thee and recognise the_t will go hard enough with thee?"
"If thou dost not betray me, Sancho," said the pilgrim, "I am safe; for i_his dress no one will recognise me; but let us turn aside out of the roa_nto that grove there where my comrades are going to eat and rest, and tho_halt eat with them there, for they are very good fellows; I'll have tim_nough to tell thee then all that has happened me since I left our village i_bedience to his Majesty's edict that threatened such severities against th_nfortunate people of my nation, as thou hast heard."
Sancho complied, and Ricote having spoken to the other pilgrims they withdre_o the grove they saw, turning a considerable distance out of the road. The_hrew down their staves, took off their pilgrim's cloaks and remained in thei_nder-clothing; they were all good-looking young fellows, except Ricote, wh_as a man somewhat advanced in years. They carried alforjas all of them, an_ll apparently well filled, at least with things provocative of thirst, suc_s would summon it from two leagues off. They stretched themselves on th_round, and making a tablecloth of the grass they spread upon it bread, salt,
knives, walnut, scraps of cheese, and well-picked ham-bones which if they wer_ast gnawing were not past sucking. They also put down a black dainty called,
they say, caviar, and made of the eggs of fish, a great thirst-wakener. No_as there any lack of olives, dry, it is true, and without any seasoning, bu_or all that toothsome and pleasant. But what made the best show in the fiel_f the banquet was half a dozen botas of wine, for each of them produced hi_wn from his alforjas; even the good Ricote, who from a Morisco ha_ransformed himself into a German or Dutchman, took out his, which in siz_ight have vied with the five others. They then began to eat with very grea_elish and very leisurely, making the most of each morsel—very small ones o_verything—they took up on the point of the knife; and then all at the sam_oment raised their arms and botas aloft, the mouths placed in their mouths,
and all eyes fixed on heaven just as if they were taking aim at it; and i_his attitude they remained ever so long, wagging their heads from side t_ide as if in acknowledgment of the pleasure they were enjoying while the_ecanted the bowels of the bottles into their own stomachs.
Sancho beheld all, "and nothing gave him pain;" so far from that, acting o_he proverb he knew so well, "when thou art at Rome do as thou seest," h_sked Ricote for his bota and took aim like the rest of them, and with no_ess enjoyment. Four times did the botas bear being uplifted, but the fifth i_as all in vain, for they were drier and more sapless than a rush by tha_ime, which made the jollity that had been kept up so far begin to flag.
Every now and then some one of them would grasp Sancho's right hand in his ow_aying, "Espanoli y Tudesqui tuto uno: bon compano;" and Sancho would answer,
"Bon compano, jur a Di!" and then go off into a fit of laughter that lasted a_our, without a thought for the moment of anything that had befallen him i_is government; for cares have very little sway over us while we are eatin_nd drinking. At length, the wine having come to an end with them, drowsines_egan to come over them, and they dropped asleep on their very table an_ablecloth. Ricote and Sancho alone remained awake, for they had eaten mor_nd drunk less, and Ricote drawing Sancho aside, they seated themselves at th_oot of a beech, leaving the pilgrims buried in sweet sleep; and without onc_alling into his own Morisco tongue Ricote spoke as follows in pure Castilian:
"Thou knowest well, neighbour and friend Sancho Panza, how the proclamation o_dict his Majesty commanded to be issued against those of my nation filled u_ll with terror and dismay; me at least it did, insomuch that I think befor_he time granted us for quitting Spain was out, the full force of the penalt_ad already fallen upon me and upon my children. I decided, then, and I thin_isely (just like one who knows that at a certain date the house he lives i_ill be taken from him, and looks out beforehand for another to change into),
I decided, I say, to leave the town myself, alone and without my family, an_o to seek out some place to remove them to comfortably and not in the hurrie_ay in which the others took their departure; for I saw very plainly, and s_id all the older men among us, that the proclamations were not mere threats,
as some said, but positive enactments which would be enforced at the appointe_ime; and what made me believe this was what I knew of the base an_xtravagant designs which our people harboured, designs of such a nature tha_ think it was a divine inspiration that moved his Majesty to carry out _esolution so spirited; not that we were all guilty, for some there were tru_nd steadfast Christians; but they were so few that they could make no hea_gainst those who were not; and it was not prudent to cherish a viper in th_osom by having enemies in the house. In short it was with just cause that w_ere visited with the penalty of banishment, a mild and lenient one in th_yes of some, but to us the most terrible that could be inflicted upon us.
Wherever we are we weep for Spain; for after all we were born there and it i_ur natural fatherland. Nowhere do we find the reception our unhappy conditio_eeds; and in Barbary and all the parts of Africa where we counted upon bein_eceived, succoured, and welcomed, it is there they insult and ill-treat u_ost. We knew not our good fortune until we lost it; and such is the longin_e almost all of us have to return to Spain, that most of those who lik_yself know the language, and there are many who do, come back to it and leav_heir wives and children forsaken yonder, so great is their love for it; an_ow I know by experience the meaning of the saying, sweet is the love of one'_ountry.
"I left our village, as I said, and went to France, but though they gave us _ind reception there I was anxious to see all I could. I crossed into Italy,
and reached Germany, and there it seemed to me we might live with mor_reedom, as the inhabitants do not pay any attention to trifling points;
everyone lives as he likes, for in most parts they enjoy liberty o_onscience. I took a house in a town near Augsburg, and then joined thes_ilgrims, who are in the habit of coming to Spain in great numbers every yea_o visit the shrines there, which they look upon as their Indies and a sur_nd certain source of gain. They travel nearly all over it, and there is n_own out of which they do not go full up of meat and drink, as the saying is,
and with a real, at least, in money, and they come off at the end of thei_ravels with more than a hundred crowns saved, which, changed into gold, the_muggle out of the kingdom either in the hollow of their staves or in th_atches of their pilgrim's cloaks or by some device of their own, and carry t_heir own country in spite of the guards at the posts and passes where the_re searched. Now my purpose is, Sancho, to carry away the treasure that _eft buried, which, as it is outside the town, I shall be able to do withou_isk, and to write, or cross over from Valencia, to my daughter and wife, wh_ know are at Algiers, and find some means of bringing them to some Frenc_ort and thence to Germany, there to await what it may be God's will to d_ith us; for, after all, Sancho, I know well that Ricota my daughter an_rancisca Ricota my wife are Catholic Christians, and though I am not so muc_o, still I am more of a Christian than a Moor, and it is always my prayer t_od that he will open the eyes of my understanding and show me how I am t_erve him; but what amazes me and I cannot understand is why my wife an_aughter should have gone to Barbary rather than to France, where they coul_ive as Christians."
To this Sancho replied, "Remember, Ricote, that may not have been open t_hem, for Juan Tiopieyo thy wife's brother took them, and being a true Moor h_ent where he could go most easily; and another thing I can tell thee, it i_y belief thou art going in vain to look for what thou hast left buried, fo_e heard they took from thy brother-in-law and thy wife a great quantity o_earls and money in gold which they brought to be passed."
"That may be," said Ricote; "but I know they did not touch my hoard, for I di_ot tell them where it was, for fear of accidents; and so, if thou wilt com_ith me, Sancho, and help me to take it away and conceal it, I will give the_wo hundred crowns wherewith thou mayest relieve thy necessities, and, as tho_nowest, I know they are many."
"I would do it," said Sancho; "but I am not at all covetous, for I gave up a_ffice this morning in which, if I was, I might have made the walls of m_ouse of gold and dined off silver plates before six months were over; and s_or this reason, and because I feel I would be guilty of treason to my king i_ helped his enemies, I would not go with thee if instead of promising me tw_undred crowns thou wert to give me four hundred here in hand."
"And what office is this thou hast given up, Sancho?" asked Ricote.
"I have given up being governor of an island," said Sancho, "and such a one,
faith, as you won't find the like of easily."
"And where is this island?" said Ricote.
"Where?" said Sancho; "two leagues from here, and it is called the island o_arataria."
"Nonsense! Sancho," said Ricote; "islands are away out in the sea; there ar_o islands on the mainland."
"What? No islands!" said Sancho; "I tell thee, friend Ricote, I left it thi_orning, and yesterday I was governing there as I pleased like a sagittarius;
but for all that I gave it up, for it seemed to me a dangerous office, _overnor's."
"And what hast thou gained by the government?" asked Ricote.
"I have gained," said Sancho, "the knowledge that I am no good for governing,
unless it is a drove of cattle, and that the riches that are to be got b_hese governments are got at the cost of one's rest and sleep, ay and eve_ne's food; for in islands the governors must eat little, especially if the_ave doctors to look after their health."
"I don't understand thee, Sancho," said Ricote; "but it seems to me al_onsense thou art talking. Who would give thee islands to govern? Is there an_carcity in the world of cleverer men than thou art for governors? Hold th_eace, Sancho, and come back to thy senses, and consider whether thou wil_ome with me as I said to help me to take away treasure I left buried (fo_ndeed it may be called a treasure, it is so large), and I will give the_herewithal to keep thee, as I told thee."
"And I have told thee already, Ricote, that I will not," said Sancho; "let i_ontent thee that by me thou shalt not be betrayed, and go thy way in God'_ame and let me go mine; for I know that well-gotten gain may be lost, bu_ll-gotten gain is lost, itself and its owner likewise."
"I will not press thee, Sancho," said Ricote; "but tell me, wert thou in ou_illage when my wife and daughter and brother-in-law left it?"
"I was so," said Sancho; "and I can tell thee thy daughter left it looking s_ovely that all the village turned out to see her, and everybody said she wa_he fairest creature in the world. She wept as she went, and embraced all he_riends and acquaintances and those who came out to see her, and she begge_hem all to commend her to God and Our Lady his mother, and this in such _ouching way that it made me weep myself, though I'm not much given to tear_ommonly; and, faith, many a one would have liked to hide her, or go out an_arry her off on the road; but the fear of going against the king's comman_ept them back. The one who showed himself most moved was Don Pedro Gregorio,
the rich young heir thou knowest of, and they say he was deep in love wit_er; and since she left he has not been seen in our village again, and we al_uspect he has gone after her to steal her away, but so far nothing has bee_eard of it."
"I always had a suspicion that gentleman had a passion for my daughter," sai_icote; "but as I felt sure of my Ricota's virtue it gave me no uneasiness t_now that he loved her; for thou must have heard it said, Sancho, that th_orisco women seldom or never engage in amours with the old Christians; and m_aughter, who I fancy thought more of being a Christian than of lovemaking,
would not trouble herself about the attentions of this heir."
"God grant it," said Sancho, "for it would be a bad business for both of them;
but now let me be off, friend Ricote, for I want to reach where my master Do_uixote is to-night."
"God be with thee, brother Sancho," said Ricote; "my comrades are beginning t_tir, and it is time, too, for us to continue our journey;" and then they bot_mbraced, and Sancho mounted Dapple, and Ricote leant upon his staff, and s_hey parted.