**Of the mishap that befell Sancho Panza through the visit to the galleys, an_he strange adventure of the fair Morisco**
Profound were Don Quixote's reflections on the reply of the enchanted head,
not one of them, however, hitting on the secret of the trick, but al_oncentrated on the promise, which he regarded as a certainty, of Dulcinea'_isenchantment. This he turned over in his mind again and again with grea_atisfaction, fully persuaded that he would shortly see its fulfillment; an_s for Sancho, though, as has been said, he hated being a governor, still h_ad a longing to be giving orders and finding himself obeyed once more; thi_s the misfortune that being in authority, even in jest, brings with it.
To resume; that afternoon their host Don Antonio Moreno and his two friends,
with Don Quixote and Sancho, went to the galleys. The commandant had bee_lready made aware of his good fortune in seeing two such famous persons a_on Quixote and Sancho, and the instant they came to the shore all the galley_truck their awnings and the clarions rang out. A skiff covered with ric_arpets and cushions of crimson velvet was immediately lowered into the water,
and as Don Quixote stepped on board of it, the leading galley fired he_angway gun, and the other galleys did the same; and as he mounted th_tarboard ladder the whole crew saluted him (as is the custom when a personag_f distinction comes on board a galley) by exclaiming "Hu, hu, hu," thre_imes. The general, for so we shall call him, a Valencian gentleman of rank,
gave him his hand and embraced him, saying, "I shall mark this day with _hite stone as one of the happiest I can expect to enjoy in my lifetime, sinc_ have seen Senor Don Quixote of La Mancha, pattern and image wherein we se_ontained and condensed all that is worthy in knight-errantry."
Don Quixote delighted beyond measure with such a lordly reception, replied t_im in words no less courteous. All then proceeded to the poop, which was ver_andsomely decorated, and seated themselves on the bulwark benches; th_oatswain passed along the gangway and piped all hands to strip, which the_id in an instant. Sancho, seeing such a number of men stripped to the skin,
was taken aback, and still more when he saw them spread the awning so briskl_hat it seemed to him as if all the devils were at work at it; but all thi_as cakes and fancy bread to what I am going to tell now. Sancho was seated o_he captain's stage, close to the aftermost rower on the right-hand side. He,
previously instructed in what he was to do, laid hold of Sancho, hoisting hi_p in his arms, and the whole crew, who were standing ready, beginning on th_ight, proceeded to pass him on, whirling him along from hand to hand and fro_ench to bench with such rapidity that it took the sight out of poor Sancho'_yes, and he made quite sure that the devils themselves were flying away wit_im; nor did they leave off with him until they had sent him back along th_eft side and deposited him on the poop; and the poor fellow was left bruise_nd breathless and all in a sweat, and unable to comprehend what it was tha_ad happened to him.
Don Quixote when he saw Sancho's flight without wings asked the general i_his was a usual ceremony with those who came on board the galleys for th_irst time; for, if so, as he had no intention of adopting them as _rofession, he had no mind to perform such feats of agility, and if anyon_ffered to lay hold of him to whirl him about, he vowed to God he would kic_is soul out; and as he said this he stood up and clapped his hand upon hi_word. At this instant they struck the awning and lowered the yard with _rodigious rattle. Sancho thought heaven was coming off its hinges and goin_o fall on his head, and full of terror he ducked it and buried it between hi_nees; nor were Don Quixote's knees altogether under control, for he too shoo_ little, squeezed his shoulders together and lost colour. The crew the_oisted the yard with the same rapidity and clatter as when they lowered it,
all the while keeping silence as though they had neither voice nor breath. Th_oatswain gave the signal to weigh anchor, and leaping upon the middle of th_angway began to lay on to the shoulders of the crew with his courbash o_hip, and to haul out gradually to sea.
When Sancho saw so many red feet (for such he took the oars to be) moving al_ogether, he said to himself, "It's these that are the real chanted things,
and not the ones my master talks of. What can those wretches have done to b_o whipped; and how does that one man who goes along there whistling dare t_hip so many? I declare this is hell, or at least purgatory!"
Don Quixote, observing how attentively Sancho regarded what was going on, sai_o him, "Ah, Sancho my friend, how quickly and cheaply might you finish of_he disenchantment of Dulcinea, if you would strip to the waist and take you_lace among those gentlemen! Amid the pain and sufferings of so many you woul_ot feel your own much; and moreover perhaps the sage Merlin would allow eac_f these lashes, being laid on with a good hand, to count for ten of thos_hich you must give yourself at last."
The general was about to ask what these lashes were, and what was Dulcinea'_isenchantment, when a sailor exclaimed, "Monjui signals that there is a_ared vessel off the coast to the west."
On hearing this the general sprang upon the gangway crying, "Now then, m_ons, don't let her give us the slip! It must be some Algerine corsai_rigantine that the watchtower signals to us." The three others immediatel_ame alongside the chief galley to receive their orders. The general ordere_wo to put out to sea while he with the other kept in shore, so that in thi_ay the vessel could not escape them. The crews plied the oars driving th_alleys so furiously that they seemed to fly. The two that had put out to sea,
after a couple of miles sighted a vessel which, so far as they could make out,
they judged to be one of fourteen or fifteen banks, and so she proved. As soo_s the vessel discovered the galleys she went about with the object and in th_ope of making her escape by her speed; but the attempt failed, for the chie_alley was one of the fastest vessels afloat, and overhauled her so rapidl_hat they on board the brigantine saw clearly there was no possibility o_scaping, and the rais therefore would have had them drop their oars and giv_hemselves up so as not to provoke the captain in command of our galleys t_nger. But chance, directing things otherwise, so ordered it that just as th_hief galley came close enough for those on board the vessel to hear th_houts from her calling on them to surrender, two Toraquis, that is to say tw_urks, both drunken, that with a dozen more were on board the brigantine,
discharged their muskets, killing two of the soldiers that lined the sides o_ur vessel. Seeing this the general swore he would not leave one of those h_ound on board the vessel alive, but as he bore down furiously upon her sh_lipped away from him underneath the oars. The galley shot a good way ahead;
those on board the vessel saw their case was desperate, and while the galle_as coming about they made sail, and by sailing and rowing once more tried t_heer off; but their activity did not do them as much good as their rashnes_id them harm, for the galley coming up with them in a little more than half _ile threw her oars over them and took the whole of them alive. The other tw_alleys now joined company and all four returned with the prize to the beach,
where a vast multitude stood waiting for them, eager to see what they brough_ack. The general anchored close in, and perceived that the viceroy of th_ity was on the shore. He ordered the skiff to push off to fetch him, and th_ard to be lowered for the purpose of hanging forthwith the rais and the res_f the men taken on board the vessel, about six-and-thirty in number, al_mart fellows and most of them Turkish musketeers. He asked which was the rai_f the brigantine, and was answered in Spanish by one of the prisoners (wh_fterwards proved to be a Spanish renegade), "This young man, senor that yo_ee here is our rais," and he pointed to one of the handsomest and mos_allant-looking youths that could be imagined. He did not seem to be twent_ears of age.
"Tell me, dog," said the general, "what led thee to kill my soldiers, whe_hou sawest it was impossible for thee to escape? Is that the way to behave t_hief galleys? Knowest thou not that rashness is not valour? Faint prospect_f success should make men bold, but not rash."
The rais was about to reply, but the general could not at that moment liste_o him, as he had to hasten to receive the viceroy, who was now coming o_oard the galley, and with him certain of his attendants and some of th_eople.
"You have had a good chase, senor general," said the viceroy.
"Your excellency shall soon see how good, by the game strung up to this yard,"
replied the general.
"How so?" returned the viceroy.
"Because," said the general, "against all law, reason, and usages of war the_ave killed on my hands two of the best soldiers on board these galleys, and _ave sworn to hang every man that I have taken, but above all this youth wh_s the rais of the brigantine," and he pointed to him as he stood with hi_ands already bound and the rope round his neck, ready for death.
The viceroy looked at him, and seeing him so well-favoured, so graceful, an_o submissive, he felt a desire to spare his life, the comeliness of the yout_urnishing him at once with a letter of recommendation. He therefor_uestioned him, saying, "Tell me, rais, art thou Turk, Moor, or renegade?"
To which the youth replied, also in Spanish, "I am neither Turk, nor Moor, no_enegade."
"What art thou, then?" said the viceroy.
"A Christian woman," replied the youth.
"A woman and a Christian, in such a dress and in such circumstances! It i_ore marvellous than credible," said the viceroy.
"Suspend the execution of the sentence," said the youth; "your vengeance wil_ot lose much by waiting while I tell you the story of my life."
What heart could be so hard as not to be softened by these words, at any rat_o far as to listen to what the unhappy youth had to say? The general bade hi_ay what he pleased, but not to expect pardon for his flagrant offence. Wit_his permission the youth began in these words.
"Born of Morisco parents, I am of that nation, more unhappy than wise, upo_hich of late a sea of woes has poured down. In the course of our misfortune _as carried to Barbary by two uncles of mine, for it was in vain that _eclared I was a Christian, as in fact I am, and not a mere pretended one, o_utwardly, but a true Catholic Christian. It availed me nothing with thos_harged with our sad expatriation to protest this, nor would my uncles believ_t; on the contrary, they treated it as an untruth and a subterfuge set up t_nable me to remain behind in the land of my birth; and so, more by force tha_f my own will, they took me with them. I had a Christian mother, and a fathe_ho was a man of sound sense and a Christian too; I imbibed the Catholic fait_ith my mother's milk, I was well brought up, and neither in word nor in dee_id I, I think, show any sign of being a Morisco. To accompany these virtues,
for such I hold them, my beauty, if I possess any, grew with my growth; an_reat as was the seclusion in which I lived it was not so great but that _oung gentleman, Don Gaspar Gregorio by name, eldest son of a gentleman who i_ord of a village near ours, contrived to find opportunities of seeing me. Ho_e saw me, how we met, how his heart was lost to me, and mine not kept fro_im, would take too long to tell, especially at a moment when I am in dread o_he cruel cord that threatens me interposing between tongue and throat; I wil_nly say, therefore, that Don Gregorio chose to accompany me in ou_anishment. He joined company with the Moriscoes who were going forth fro_ther villages, for he knew their language very well, and on the voyage h_truck up a friendship with my two uncles who were carrying me with them; fo_y father, like a wise and far-sighted man, as soon as he heard the firs_dict for our expulsion, quitted the village and departed in quest of som_efuge for us abroad. He left hidden and buried, at a spot of which I alon_ave knowledge, a large quantity of pearls and precious stones of great value,
together with a sum of money in gold cruzadoes and doubloons. He charged me o_o account to touch the treasure, if by any chance they expelled us before hi_eturn. I obeyed him, and with my uncles, as I have said, and others of ou_indred and neighbours, passed over to Barbary, and the place where we took u_ur abode was Algiers, much the same as if we had taken it up in hell itself.
The king heard of my beauty, and report told him of my wealth, which was i_ome degree fortunate for me. He summoned me before him, and asked me wha_art of Spain I came from, and what money and jewels I had. I mentioned th_lace, and told him the jewels and money were buried there; but that the_ight easily be recovered if I myself went back for them. All this I told him,
in dread lest my beauty and not his own covetousness should influence him.
While he was engaged in conversation with me, they brought him word that i_ompany with me was one of the handsomest and most graceful youths that coul_e imagined. I knew at once that they were speaking of Don Gaspar Gregorio,
whose comeliness surpasses the most highly vaunted beauty. I was troubled whe_ thought of the danger he was in, for among those barbarous Turks a fai_outh is more esteemed than a woman, be she ever so beautiful. The kin_mmediately ordered him to be brought before him that he might see him, an_sked me if what they said about the youth was true. I then, almost as i_nspired by heaven, told him it was, but that I would have him to know it wa_ot a man, but a woman like myself, and I entreated him to allow me to go an_ress her in the attire proper to her, so that her beauty might be seen t_erfection, and that she might present herself before him with les_mbarrassment. He bade me go by all means, and said that the next day w_hould discuss the plan to be adopted for my return to Spain to carry away th_idden treasure. I saw Don Gaspar, I told him the danger he was in if he le_t be seen he was a man, I dressed him as a Moorish woman, and that sam_fternoon I brought him before the king, who was charmed when he saw him, an_esolved to keep the damsel and make a present of her to the Grand Signor; an_o avoid the risk she might run among the women of his seraglio, an_istrustful of himself, he commanded her to be placed in the house of som_oorish ladies of rank who would protect and attend to her; and thither he wa_aken at once. What we both suffered (for I cannot deny that I love him) ma_e left to the imagination of those who are separated if they love one anothe_early. The king then arranged that I should return to Spain in thi_rigantine, and that two Turks, those who killed your soldiers, shoul_ccompany me. There also came with me this Spanish renegade"—and here sh_ointed to him who had first spoken—"whom I know to be secretly a Christian,
and to be more desirous of being left in Spain than of returning to Barbary.
The rest of the crew of the brigantine are Moors and Turks, who merely serv_s rowers. The two Turks, greedy and insolent, instead of obeying the order_e had to land me and this renegade in Christian dress (with which we cam_rovided) on the first Spanish ground we came to, chose to run along the coas_nd make some prize if they could, fearing that if they put us ashore first,
we might, in case of some accident befalling us, make it known that th_rigantine was at sea, and thus, if there happened to be any galleys on th_oast, they might be taken. We sighted this shore last night, and knowin_othing of these galleys, we were discovered, and the result was what you hav_een. To sum up, there is Don Gregorio in woman's dress, among women, i_mminent danger of his life; and here am I, with hands bound, in expectation,
or rather in dread, of losing my life, of which I am already weary. Here,
sirs, ends my sad story, as true as it is unhappy; all I ask of you is t_llow me to die like a Christian, for, as I have already said, I am not to b_harged with the offence of which those of my nation are guilty;" and sh_tood silent, her eyes filled with moving tears, accompanied by plenty fro_he bystanders. The viceroy, touched with compassion, went up to her withou_peaking and untied the cord that bound the hands of the Moorish girl.
But all the while the Morisco Christian was telling her strange story, a_lderly pilgrim, who had come on board of the galley at the same time as th_iceroy, kept his eyes fixed upon her; and the instant she ceased speaking h_hrew himself at her feet, and embracing them said in a voice broken by sob_nd sighs, "O Ana Felix, my unhappy daughter, I am thy father Ricote, com_ack to look for thee, unable to live without thee, my soul that thou art!"
At these words of his, Sancho opened his eyes and raised his head, which h_ad been holding down, brooding over his unlucky excursion; and looking at th_ilgrim he recognised in him that same Ricote he met the day he quitted hi_overnment, and felt satisfied that this was his daughter. She being no_nbound embraced her father, mingling her tears with his, while he addressin_he general and the viceroy said, "This, sirs, is my daughter, more unhappy i_er adventures than in her name. She is Ana Felix, surnamed Ricote, celebrate_s much for her own beauty as for my wealth. I quitted my native land i_earch of some shelter or refuge for us abroad, and having found one i_ermany I returned in this pilgrim's dress, in the company of some othe_erman pilgrims, to seek my daughter and take up a large quantity of treasur_ had left buried. My daughter I did not find, the treasure I found and hav_ith me; and now, in this strange roundabout way you have seen, I find th_reasure that more than all makes me rich, my beloved daughter. If ou_nnocence and her tears and mine can with strict justice open the door t_lemency, extend it to us, for we never had any intention of injuring you, no_o we sympathise with the aims of our people, who have been justly banished."
"I know Ricote well," said Sancho at this, "and I know too that what he say_bout Ana Felix being his daughter is true; but as to those other particular_bout going and coming, and having good or bad intentions, I say nothing."
While all present stood amazed at this strange occurrence the general said,
"At any rate your tears will not allow me to keep my oath; live, fair An_elix, all the years that heaven has allotted you; but these rash insolen_ellows must pay the penalty of the crime they have committed;" and with tha_e gave orders to have the two Turks who had killed his two soldiers hanged a_nce at the yard-arm. The viceroy, however, begged him earnestly not to han_hem, as their behaviour savoured rather of madness than of bravado. Th_eneral yielded to the viceroy's request, for revenge is not easily taken i_old blood. They then tried to devise some scheme for rescuing Don Gaspa_regorio from the danger in which he had been left. Ricote offered for tha_bject more than two thousand ducats that he had in pearls and gems; the_roposed several plans, but none so good as that suggested by the renegad_lready mentioned, who offered to return to Algiers in a small vessel of abou_ix banks, manned by Christian rowers, as he knew where, how, and when h_ould and should land, nor was he ignorant of the house in which Don Gaspa_as staying. The general and the viceroy had some hesitation about placin_onfidence in the renegade and entrusting him with the Christians who were t_ow, but Ana Felix said she could answer for him, and her father offered to g_nd pay the ransom of the Christians if by any chance they should not b_orthcoming. This, then, being agreed upon, the viceroy landed, and Do_ntonio Moreno took the fair Morisco and her father home with him, the vicero_harging him to give them the best reception and welcome in his power, whil_n his own part he offered all that house contained for their entertainment;
so great was the good-will and kindliness the beauty of Ana Felix had infuse_nto his heart.