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Don Quixote - Part 1, Chapter 38 Summary & Analysis

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Part 1, Chapter 38 Summary

Quixote, continuing his speech, determines that the soldier's life is indeed one of more poverty than a student, since his little pay "comes late or never." A soldier's life is in the balance at all times, and even the greater glory of honor promised at the end of his trials may not be just compensation, since the soldier is likely not to remain living long enough to collect. The student, by comparison, is safe in knowing his pursuits will not likely end his life and will live long enough to be prosperous of career and gain honor that way. He ends his speech, forgetting to eat anything in his passion, and his obvious learning causes the rest to feel sorry that he is doomed to madness. Fernando then asks the recently arrived man to tell his story, a point that the rest at...

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