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Don Quixote - Part 1, Chapter 45 Summary & Analysis

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Part 1, Chapter 45 Summary

The barber from La Mancha joins the fray. Continuing on with Don Quixote's line of thought, since he knows the ins and outs of his madness, he presents himself as an expert at barber's basins and judges the basin to be a helmet, although not complete. The rest of the party confirms the judgment, and the theft victim thinks them all mad. They then take a consensus vote of whether the packsaddle is just that or whether it is horse trappings, and Fernando volunteers to take the secret count. Into this chaos three more travelers arrive. They are police of the Holy Brotherhood. Fernando announces the result of the vote, that the packsaddle is really horse's trappings, and the barber again decrees them mad. The officers enter the argument, and Don Quixote attacks them, quite unwisely. A melee ensues, taking in just about everyone at...

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