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Don Quixote - Part 1, Chapter 22 Summary & Analysis

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Part 1, Chapter 22 Summary

Soon, the two men come across a chain gang of a dozen men who are being escorted by two men on horseback and two on foot to be galley slaves as part of their criminal sentences. Quixote asks the guards why they are in this state, and he is directed to ask the criminals themselves. Quixote does so, going down the line and getting each criminal's story of why he is condemned to the chain gang. After hearing each, he demands that they be let free of their chains. The guards refuse, of course, and Quixote attacks one, causing confusion between all the guards. They must try to keep the prisoners in chains and stop Quixote at the same time, so that they end up doing both tasks ineffectively. Sancho helps by releasing the most tightly bound, and supposedly most dangerous, criminal, Gines de Pasamonte...

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