Apr 23, 2016

The adventures of Don Quixote (I)

Acción Cultural Española, AC/E

"...his wits being quite gone, he hit upon the strangest notion that ever a madman in this world could hit upon... [to] turn knight-errant" (Don Quixote I,1). In this exhibition, a tour of the adventures that our gentleman experiences in the first part of the book, which Cervantes published in 1605, is presented.

Of the first sally the ingenious Don Quixote made from home
The first sally that the ingenious Don Quixote made from home occupies chapters 1 to 5 of the first part of the book, in which Alonso Quijano, our gentleman, goes out alone in search of adventure. During these early adventures, he is knighted at the inn and accompanied by two party wenches who he confuses with maidens. His joy is very short-lived! When crossing paths with some merchants he slips from his nag, and a muleteer takes the opportunity to beat him with his own lance. Fortunately, a neighbour from the village finds him and takes him back home.

The droll way in which Don Quixote had bestowed the title knight upon himself. (Don Quixote I,3).

The unfortunate Andrés, whom Don Quixote believes he had saved from his cruel master. (Don Quixote I,4).

Of the combat with the merchants from Toledo who were going to buy silk in Murcia, and how Don Quixote ends up badly beaten by a muleteer who accompanied them.(Don Quixote I,4).

The return to the village with Pedro Alonso, whom Don Quixote confused with the noble Marquis of Mantua.(Don Quixote I,5).

Of the second sally of our good gentleman
The second sally of our good gentleman, during which Don Quixote sneaks away from home and is accompanied on his travels by Sancho Panza, who is taken on as his faithful squire. During this second outing, he experiences his most memorable adventures: the battle with the windmills, which he confuses with giants; the night time encounter with the Asturian wench Maritornes, who mistakenly ends up in his bed; and the journey during which he obtains the famous helmet of Mambrino, which in reality is a barber’s basin...

The terrible and unimaginable adventure of the windmills, which Don Quixote confronts, believing that he is battling with giants. (Don Quixote I,8).

The terrific battle between the gallant Biscayan and the valiant Manchegan, in which Don Quixote emerges victorious. (Don Quixote I,8-9)

Of what befell Don Quixote with certain goatherds who recite his famous speech about the Golden Age. (Don Quixote I,11)

Of what happened to the ingenious gentleman in the inn which he took to be a castle: the Asturian Maritornes ends up in his bed by mistake and the carrier gets jealous. (Don Quixote I,16)

Don Quixote confronts the armies of Alifanfarón and Pentapolín, which are in reality two flocks of sheep. (Don Quixote I,18)

The adventure of the fulling mills, in which an account is given of the fear experienced by the knight and his squire in the darkness of the night. (Don Quixote I,20)

The exalted adventure and rich prize of Mambrino's helmet, which in reality is a barber’s basin. (Don Quixote I,21)

Of the freedom Don Quixote conferred upon several unfortunate souls, who, against their will, were being taken to a place they had no wish to go, or the adventure of the galley slaves. (Don Quixote I,22)

The strange things that happened to the stout knight of the La Mancha in the Sierra Morena, and of his imitation of the penance of Beltenebros. (Don Quixote I,25)

The adventure of Princess Micomicona or the way in which Dorotea pretends to be a princess in distress to deter our enamoured knight from the incredibly tough penance that had imposed upon himself. (Don Quixote I,30)

The heroic and prodigious battle that Don Quixote had undertaken with certain skins of red wine, in the belief that he was cutting the heads off giants. (Don Quixote I,36)

Maritornes and the innkeeper's daughter who play a joke on Don Quixote, leaving him tied by the wrists to a window. (Don Quixote I,43)

Where the dubious question of Mambrino's helmet and the pack-saddle is finally settled: the barber demands the return of his basin, but Don Quixote fights to defend his chivalrous ideals. (Don Quixote I,45)

Of the strange manner in which Don Quixote de la Mancha is carried away enchanted in a wagon to his village, in an attempt to deceive our valiant knight and deprive him of further adventures. (Don Quixote I,47).

The odd adventure of the penitents, in which Don Quixote takes up arms to free a beautiful weeping lady. (Don Quixote I,52)

Instituto Univresitario de Investigación Miguel de Cervantes (UAH)
Credits: Story

Exhibition curator:
Carlos Alvar y Elisa Borsari

Collaborators:
Rosario Delgado Suárez, Margarita Paz Torres, Rachel Peled Cuartas, Ronda Vázquez Martí y María Jaén Castaño.

Organised by:
Instituto Universitario de Investigación "Miguel de Cervantes" (UAH)

Activity that is included in the R&D project from the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness:
DHuMAR. Digital Humanities, Middle Ages & Renaissance. 1. Poetry 2. Translation (FFI2013-44286-P)

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