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A retired and impoverished gentleman named Alonzo Quixano lived in the Spanish province of La Mancha. He had read so many romances of chivalry that he decided one day to revive the ancient custom of knight-errantry. Changing his name to Don Quixote de la Mancha, he had himself dubbed a knight by a rascally publican whose miserable inn he mistook for a castle.

For armor he donned an old suit of mail which had belonged to his greatgrandfather. Then upon a bony old nag he called Rosinante, he set out upon his first adventure. Not far from his village he fell into the company of some traveling merchants who beat the mad old man severely when he challenged them.

Back home recovering, he was closely watched by his good neighbor, the village priest, and the barber. Hoping to cure him of his fancies, the curate and the barber burned...

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