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Volume 2, Chapter 21 Notes from Don Quixote

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Don Quixote Volume 2, Chapter 21

The bride and groom arrive and Quiteria is breathtakingly beautiful and splendid in her fine dress and many jewels. Basilio soon appears in his own special get-up for the occasion: a loose black coat accented with splashes of bright red, along with the traditional funeral crown of cypress and a huge walking stick. He accuses Quiteria of betraying their love and announces his intent to die. Hidden within the staff is a sword. He removes the sheath and throws himself upon it; the sword appearing bloody emerges from his back. Not quite dead, he begs for Quiteria to marry him now so that he can die happy. Camacho says its okay with him if Quiteria feels she should. She agrees to marry Basilio who now adds that he wants her vows to be sincere, not merely a dying man's last wish. She takes the vows stating that she will honor them whether his life is short or long.

Sancho notices that Basilio is quite talkative for a soon-to-be corpse. After the priest finishes the impromptu ceremony, Basilio jumps up, removes the sword and Camacho realizes he has been tricked by he and Quiteria. Camacho and his friends draw their swords to attack, but Don Quijote's argument in love's defense and the terrifying way in which he wielded his lance delayed them long enough for Camacho to calm down and consider the priest's wise council. Recovering quickly from his broken heart, he says for the party to continue. Basilio and his new bride, their friends and family, and Don Quijote and Sancho returned to his village with the only broken heart belonging to poor Sancho who had to leave all that bounty behind.

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