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Don Quixote - Study Guide Part 1, Chapter 16 Summary & Analysis

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The innkeeper inquires about the injuries of the men, and Sancho tells him that Quixote's wounds came from falling from a rock and that his came from starting when he saw Quixote fall. The family that runs the inn sets up the men with some makeshift beds and helps dress their wounds. The servant of the innkeeper, an Asturian wench named Maritornes, makes plans to visit a carrier that sleeps near the two men. Don Quixote lies in bed wakeful, and when Maritornes enters, she is seized by Quixote, who imagines her as a beautiful creature come to seek his company, although in truth she is deformed and common. He entreats that she understand that he is promised to Dulcinea, while Maritornes cowers silently in fear of the knight and of being found out. The carrier, who is awake, attacks Quixote upon seeing him capture...

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