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Don Quixote - Part 1, Chapter 12 Summary & Analysis

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Part 1, Chapter 12 Summary

Another young goatherd arrives and brings news of the death of Chrysostom, a young man who died of unrequited love for a girl named Marcela. The dead man has directed he be buried at the site he first saw her, and they all decide to go to the interment. At Quixote's urging (and despite his corrections), the goatherds tell the story of the young man.

Chrysostom is an intelligent young student who begins dressing like a shepherd to follow after Marcela, the daughter of a wealthy man who has taken a flock of sheep and begun acting as a shepherdess. Apparently, the hills are full of young men pining for and following Marcela, who brushes off all advances equally.

Part 1, Chapter 12 Analysis

The first major outside subplot is introduced, with the story of the cold Marcella. Cervantes enjoys inserting other characters and their stories into...

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