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Don Quixote Topic Tracking: Scapegoat

Volume 1, Chapter 4

Scapegoat 1: A traveler (whom Don Quijote had challenged) insinuates that Dulcinea could be ugly; Don Quijote quickly charges brandishing his lance but Rocinante stumbles and throws him. A muledriver (from the same party) breads Don Quijote's lance and thrashes him. Don Quijote blames Rocinante for his first defeat.

Volume 1, Chapter 5

Scapegoat 2: The housekeeper and niece blame the knight errantry books for Don Quijote's madness.

Volume 1, Chapter 6

Scapegoat 3: The housekeeper and niece want Don Quijote's entire library of books to be burned; believing they are all equally guilty.

Scapegoat 4: The niece wants to burn the romantic tales of shepherding since these could make Don Quijote pursue the romance of the shepherd's life.

Volume 1, Chapter 10

Scapegoat 5: Don Quijote spots his ruined helmet and throws a fit, vowing to avenge the man who ruined his helmet.

Volume 1, Chapter 13

Scapegoat 6: Ambrosio sees Marcela as the bane of all men's existence.

Volume 1, Chapter 14

Scapegoat 7: Marcela refuses to accept the blame for Grisóstomo's death.

Volume 1, Chapter 19

Scapegoat 8: Sancho blames Don Quijote for not fulfilling his oath to get the helmet of Mambrino as the cause of all their misadventures. Don Quijote blames Sancho for not reminding him.

Scapegoat 9: Don Quijote tells the priest (Alonzo Lopez) that it is his own fault that Don Quijote injured him since he traveled at night in such a suspicious manner.

Volume 1, Chapter 24

Scapegoat 10: Cardenio has a violent fit. Sancho blames the goatherd for not warning them of Cardenio's violent temper (the goatherd had).

Volume 1, Chapter 34

Scapegoat 11: Camilla worries that perhaps something she said or did caused Lothario to treat her as an unfaithful harlot.

Volume 1, Chapter 35

Scapegoat 12: Anselmo accepts responsibility for his own death and Camilla's unfaithfulness.

Volume 1, Chapter 41

Scapegoat 13: The French blame the captive; explaining they wouldn't have fired upon them if they had just answered their question.

Volume 1, Chapter 51

Scapegoat 14: Eugenio admits to relieving his stress by criticizing females in general and specifically this she-goat.

Volume 2, Chapter 2

Scapegoat 15: The housekeeper and niece blame Sancho for influencing Don Quijote to go out on these adventures.

Volume 2, Chapter 4

Scapegoat 16: Sancho blames the historian and/or printer for the confusion about his donkey in Volume 1.

Volume 2, Chapter 17

Scapegoat 17: Sancho blames enchanters for the cottage cheese in Don Quijote's helmet.

Volume 2, Chapter 26

Scapegoat 18: Don Quijote blames the enchanters that persecute him as the reason he chopped the heads off the puppets.

Volume 2, Chapter 33

Scapegoat 19: The Duchess says a magician planted a false idea in Sancho's head -- the idea that Sancho fooled his master about the homely girl on the horse; for she has found out that was the enchanted Dulcinea. They both agree that this makes more sense than Sancho being the kind of squire that tricks his master.

Volume 2, Chapter 35

Scapegoat 20: Merlin says that Sancho must whip his bare buttocks 3,300 times to free Dulcinea from her enchantment.

Volume 2, Chapter 66

Scapegoat 21: Sancho says that Don Quijote should blame himself instead of venting his anger on his armor, Rocinante or Sancho.

Volume 2, Chapter 69

Scapegoat 22: Sancho, after allowing himself to be pinched and slapped to bring Altisidora back to life, is requested by Don Quijote to whip himself now while he is so full of power. Sancho suggests that they should just drown him and solve everyone's problems -- since he is the scapegoat!

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