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Volume 1, Chapter 14 Notes from Don Quixote

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Don Quixote Volume 1, Chapter 14

Sitting in a circle, everyone listens to this poem. Everyone feels that the poem was beautiful, but Vivaldo pointed out that the poem was unfair to Marcela's reputation of modesty and virtue. Ambrosio admits that Grisóstomo's imagination and jealousy had painted an unfair picture of Marcela and though she was cold and mocking, they must admit her virtue.

Then Marcela appears, even more beautiful than her reputation; Ambrosio accuses her of coming to gloat. She explains that she has come to defend herself, and the accusations made against her. She points out the unfairness of demanding she love anyone who loves her for her beauty; if she was ugly, would she have the right to complain if they did not love her?

Continuing on the theme of "don't hate me because I am beautiful"; she further defends herself by pointing out that she doesn't flirt or lead anyone on, and honestly declares her desires to remain unmarried and live in the manner she chooses. If anyone stubbornly refuses to accept this, it is their own fault:

"Those who have been told the truth should not be taken for those who have been scorned." Volume 1, Chapter 14, pg. 78

After she finished speaking, she left. Some heard the truth of what she said, some did not. Don Quijote declared her wise and innocent of the dead man's death and with his hand on his sword instructed that no one should follow her; but instead honor her wish to be left alone with the shepherdesses and her flock. However, after the ceremony, he decides to search for her to offer his assistance.

Topic Tracking: Scapegoat 7
Topic Tracking: Idealized Women 10

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