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Don Quixote - Study Guide Part 1, Chapter 8 Summary & Analysis

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Don Quixote and Sancho Panza soon come upon what Quixote dubs "thirty or forty hulking giants," which are in fact windmills. Sancho sees them for what they are and questions Quixote, but the Don charges and attacks them anyway, breaking his lance and injuring him and his horse. He blames some magician, the same one who he thinks has stolen his books, for turning the giants into windmills. They stop to rest for the night. Quixote takes up an old branch to use as a makeshift lance, and he stays awake all night thinking of Dulcinea as Sancho sleeps deeply. In the morning, they see two monks on the road, followed by a carriage. Thinking that the monks are transporting some kind of captured princess, he attacks one of them, who dives from his mule. Sancho begins looting the monk, as is customary...

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