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Don Quixote Topic Tracking: Grandiosity

Volume 1, Chapter 2

Grandiosity 1: Don Quijote fantasizes about how he and his great deeds (that he has yet to accomplish) will be depicted in a future book on knight errantry.

Grandiosity 2: Don Quijote hears a pig herder's horn and believes it is a dwarf announcing his important arrival.

Grandiosity 3: Don Quijote, refusing to cut the ribbons from his helmet, takes it as his due that three people have to feed him.

Volume 1, Chapter 3

Grandiosity 4: Don Quijote has brought no money with him because he has never read of a knight errant paying for anything like normal people.

Grandiosity 5: Don Quijote (holding a vigil in the inn's courtyard) refuses two muledrivers to water their thirsty animals and hits them with his spear when they refuse to leave.

Volume 1, Chapter 4

Grandiosity 6: Don Quijote assumes that the man, who was whipping the boy, will obey his order to pay the boy his wages.

Grandiosity 7: Astride Rocinante, Don Quijote stands in the middle of the road and demands that a group of travelers agree with him that Dulcinea is the most beautiful woman in the world

Volume 1, Chapter 5

Grandiosity 8: Don Quijote tells his neighbor that his heroic deeds surpass those of twenty-one heroes.

Volume 1, Chapter 11

Grandiosity 9: Don Quijote demands that Sancho sit next to him so that he can earn a reward from God for humbling himself by sitting next to a mere squire.

Volume 1, Chapter 16

Grandiosity 10: Don Quijote tells the innkeeper's wife that she is a very lucky woman to have him as her guest.

Volume 1, Chapter 17

Grandiosity 11: A constable investigating the nighttime commotion at the inn calls Don Quijote "my good fellow." Don Quijote calls the constable an idiot for speaking with such familiarity to a knight errant.

Volume 1, Chapter 18

Grandiosity 12: Don Quijote tells Sancho that all these misfortunes are Don Quijote's alone and have nothing to do with Sancho.

Volume 1, Chapter 19

Grandiosity 13: Don Quijote situates himself in the middle of the road to demand that a party of travelers inform him of their identities and itinerary so that he can judge whether to punish or aid them.

Volume 1, Chapter 22

Grandiosity 14: Ginés de Pasamonte, an arrogant prisoner in a chaingang, threatens one of the guards while still chained up.

Volume 1, Chapter 25

Grandiosity 15: Don Quijote boasts of his penchant for reinventing reality as he sees fit.

Volume 1, Chapter 33

Grandiosity 16: Anselmo tells Camila that she has been told what he wants (that Lothario keep an eye on her and the house while he is away) and all she need do now is obey him.

Volume 1, Chapter 43

Grandiosity 17: Don Quijote shows his hand to the innkeeper's daughter and speaks of it in reverential tones and awe.

Volume 1, Chapter 45

Grandiosity 18: Don Quijote tells the officers that they are lowborn, putrid garbage and cannot arrest him because he is outside the law (a law unto himself) because he is a knight errant.

Volume 1, Chapter 46

Grandiosity 19: Don Quijote is shoved into a crate like a lowly animal.

Volume 1, Chapter 47

Grandiosity 20: Don Quijote is confused that he is being transported in an ordinary oxcart rather than on a cloud or a chariot of fire.

Volume 1, Chapter 48

Grandiosity 21: Don Quijote begs Sancho to get him out of the crate that has become soiled with his own urine.

Volume 2, Chapter 1

Grandiosity 22: A madman (naked and caged) threatens to bring a three-year drought on the city of Seville for releasing a fellow patient at the asylum.

Volume 2, Chapter 3

Grandiosity 23: Sancho says that the governors he has seen cannot compare with himself.

Volume 2, Chapter 5

Grandiosity 24: Sancho calls his wife stupid, and that when he becomes governor he will marry their daughter to whomever he wishes no matter what Teresa says or wants.

Volume 2, Chapter 6

Grandiosity 25: Don Quijote tells his niece that there is nothing he cannot do if he decides he wants to.

Volume 2, Chapter 11

Grandiosity 26: Don Quijote, after blocking the road and demanding that a troupe of actors answer his questions, blesses them and gives them permission to go after they have obeyed his directive and pleased him by their answers.

Volume 2, Chapter 52

Grandiosity 27: Don Quijote believes that he has the right to give the Duke and Duchess permission to open Teresa's letter to Sancho.

Volume 2, Chapter 55

Grandiosity 28: Don Quijote judges that Sancho has been sent into this pit as punishment for his sins.

Volume 2, Chapter 58

Grandiosity 29: Don Quijote stands in the middle of a road ready to demand that anyone passing must agree with his opinion that the two ladies from the feast are the most beautiful in the world (with the exception of Dulcinea).

Volume 2, Chapter 60

Grandiosity 30: Don Quijote does not understand why he does not have the right to whip Sancho as he sees fit.

Volume 2, Chapter 64

Grandiosity 31: The fight with the Knight of the White Moon ends with Don Quijote being knocked off his high horse; which means he must return home to live as an average human being for a year. The Knight of the White Moon graciously gives his permission for Dulcinea's beauty to remain uncontested.

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