Don Quixote/Volume 2/Chapter LXXIV

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Chapter LXXIV: Of how Don Quixote fell sick, and of the will he made, and how he died[edit]

As nothing that is man's can last for ever, but all tends ever downwards from its beginning to its end, and above all man's life, and as Don Quixote's enjoyed no special dispensation from heaven to stay its course, its end and close came when he least looked for it. For-whether it was of the dejection the thought of his defeat produced, or of heaven's will that so ordered it--a fever settled upon him and kept him in his bed for six days, during which he was often visited by his friends the curate, the bachelor, and the barber, while his good squire Sancho Panza never quitted his bedside. They, persuaded that it was grief at finding himself vanquished, and the object of his heart, the liberation and disenchantment of Dulcinea, unattained, that kept him in this state, strove by all the means in their power to cheer him up; the bachelor bidding him take heart and get up to begin his pastoral life, for which he himself, he said, had already composed an eclogue that would take the shine out of all Sannazaro had ever written, and had bought with his own money two famous dogs to guard the flock, one called Barcino and the other Butron, which a herdsman of Quintanar had sold him.

But for all this Don Quixote could not shake off his sadness. His friends called in the doctor, who felt his pulse and was not very well satisfied with it, and said that in any case it would be well for him to attend to the health of his soul, as that of his body was in a bad way. Don Quixote heard this calmly; but not so his housekeeper, his niece, and his squire, who fell weeping bitterly, as if they had him lying dead before them. The doctor's opinion was that melancholy and depression were bringing him to his end. Don Quixote begged them to leave him to himself, as he had a wish to sleep a little. They obeyed, and he slept at one stretch, as the saying is, more than six hours, so that the housekeeper and niece thought he was going to sleep for ever. But at the end of that time he woke up, and in a loud voice exclaimed, "Blessed be Almighty God, who has shown me such goodness. In truth his mercies are boundless, and the sins of men can neither limit them nor keep them back!"

The niece listened with attention to her uncle's words, and they struck her as more coherent than what usually fell from him, at least during his illness, so she asked, "What are you saying, senor? Has anything strange occurred? What mercies or what sins of men are you talking of?"

"The mercies, niece," said Don Quixote, "are those that God has this moment shown me, and with him, as I said, my sins are no impediment to them. My reason is now free and clear, rid of the dark shadows of ignorance that my unhappy constant study of those detestable books of chivalry cast over it. Now I see through their absurdities and deceptions, and it only grieves me that this destruction of my illusions has come so late that it leaves me no time to make some amends by reading other books that might be a light to my soul. Niece, I feel myself at the point of death, and I would fain meet it in such a way as to show that my life has not been so ill that I should leave behind me the name of a madman; for though I have been one, I would not that the fact should be made plainer at my death. Call in to me, my dear, my good friends the curate, the bachelor Samson Carrasco, and Master Nicholas the barber, for I wish to confess and make my will." But his niece was saved the trouble by the entrance of the three. The instant Don Quixote saw them he exclaimed, "Good news for you, good sirs, that I am no longer Don Quixote of La Mancha, but Alonso Quixano, whose way of life won for him the name of Good. Now am I the enemy of Amadis of Gaul and of the whole countless troop of his descendants; odious to me now are all the profane stories of knight-errantry; now I perceive my folly, and the peril into which reading them brought me; now, by God's mercy schooled into my right senses, I loathe them."

When the three heard him speak in this way, they had no doubt whatever that some new craze had taken possession of him; and said Samson, "What? Senor Don Quixote! Now that we have intelligence of the lady Dulcinea being disenchanted, are you taking this line; now, just as we are on the point of becoming shepherds, to pass our lives singing, like princes, are you thinking of turning hermit? Hush, for heaven's sake, be rational and let's have no more nonsense."

"All that nonsense," said Don Quixote, "that until now has been a reality to my hurt, my death will, with heaven's help, turn to my good. I feel, sirs, that I am rapidly drawing near death; a truce to jesting; let me have a confessor to confess me, and a notary to make my will; for in extremities like this, man must not trifle with his soul; and while the curate is confessing me let some one, I beg, go for the notary."

They looked at one another, wondering at Don Quixote's words; but, though uncertain, they were inclined to believe him, and one of the signs by which they came to the conclusion he was dying was this so sudden and complete return to his senses after having been mad; for to the words already quoted he added much more, so well expressed, so devout, and so rational, as to banish all doubt and convince them that he was sound of mind. The curate turned them all out, and left alone with him confessed him. The bachelor went for the notary and returned shortly afterwards with him and with Sancho, who, having already learned from the bachelor the condition his master was in, and finding the housekeeper and niece weeping, began to blubber and shed tears.

The confession over, the curate came out saying, "Alonso Quixano the Good is indeed dying, and is indeed in his right mind; we may now go in to him while he makes his will."

This news gave a tremendous impulse to the brimming eyes of the housekeeper, niece, and Sancho Panza his good squire, making the tears burst from their eyes and a host of sighs from their hearts; for of a truth, as has been said more than once, whether as plain Alonso Quixano the Good, or as Don Quixote of La Mancha, Don Quixote was always of a gentle disposition and kindly in all his ways, and hence he was beloved, not only by those of his own house, but by all who knew him.

The notary came in with the rest, and as soon as the preamble of the had been set out and Don Quixote had commended his soul to God with all the devout formalities that are usual, coming to the bequests, he said, "Item, it is my will that, touching certain moneys in the hands of Sancho Panza (whom in my madness I made my squire), inasmuch as between him and me there have been certain accounts and debits and credits, no claim be made against him, nor any account demanded of him in respect of them; but that if anything remain over and above, after he has paid himself what I owe him, the balance, which will be but little, shall be his, and much good may it do him; and if, as when I was mad I had a share in giving him the government of an island, so, now that I am in my senses, I could give him that of a kingdom, it should be his, for the simplicity of his character and the fidelity of his conduct deserve it." And then, turning to Sancho, he said, "Forgive me, my friend, that I led thee to seem as mad as myself, making thee fall into the same error I myself fell into, that there were and still are knights-errant in the world."

"Ah!" said Sancho weeping, "don't die, master, but take my advice and live many years; for the foolishest thing a man can do in this life is to let himself die without rhyme or reason, without anybody killing him, or any hands but melancholy's making an end of him. Come, don't be lazy, but get up from your bed and let us take to the fields in shepherd's trim as we agreed. Perhaps behind some bush we shall find the lady Dulcinea disenchanted, as fine as fine can be. If it be that you are dying of vexation at having been vanquished, lay the blame on me, and say you were overthrown because I had girthed Rocinante badly; besides you must have seen in your books of chivalry that it is a common thing for knights to upset one another, and for him who is conquered to-day to be conqueror tomorrow."

"Very true," said Samson, "and good Sancho Panza's view of these cases is quite right."

"Sirs, not so fast," said Don Quixote, "'in last year's nests there are no birds this year.' I was mad, now I am in my senses; I was Don Quixote of La Mancha, I am now, as I said, Alonso Quixano the Good; and may my repentance and sincerity restore me to the esteem you used to have for me; and now let Master Notary proceed.

"Item, I leave all my property absolutely to Antonia Quixana my niece, here present, after all has been deducted from the most available portion of it that may be required to satisfy the bequests I have made. And the first disbursement I desire to be made is the payment of the wages I owe for the time my housekeeper has served me, with twenty ducats, over and above, for a gown. The curate and the bachelor Samson Carrasco, now present, I appoint my executors.

"Item, it is my wish that if Antonia Quixana, my niece, desires to marry, she shall marry a man of whom it shall be first of all ascertained by information taken that he does not know what books of chivalry are; and if it should be proved that he does, and if, in spite of this, my niece insists upon marrying him, and does marry him, then that she shall forfeit the whole of what I have left her, which my executors shall devote to works of charity as they please.

"Item, I entreat the aforesaid gentlemen my executors, that, if any happy chance should lead them to discover the author who is said to have written a history now going about under the title of 'Second Part of the Achievements of Don Quixote of La Mancha,' they beg of him on my behalf as earnestly as they can to forgive me for having been, without intending it, the cause of his writing so many and such monstrous absurdities as he has written in it; for I am leaving the world with a feeling of compunction at having provoked him to write them."

With this he closed his will, and a faintness coming over him he stretched himself out at full length on the bed. All were in a flutter and made haste to relieve him, and during the three days he lived after that on which he made his will he fainted away very often. The house was all in confusion; but still the niece ate and the housekeeper drank and Sancho Panza enjoyed himself; for inheriting property wipes out or softens down in the heir the feeling of grief the dead man might be expected to leave behind him.

At last Don Quixote's end came, after he had received all the sacraments, and had in full and forcible terms expressed his detestation of books of chivalry. The notary was there at the time, and he said that in no book of chivalry had he ever read of any knight-errant dying in his bed so calmly and so like a Christian as Don Quixote, who amid the tears and lamentations of all present yielded up his spirit, that is to say died. On perceiving it the curate begged the notary to bear witness that Alonso Quixano the Good, commonly called Don Quixote of La Mancha, had passed away from this present life, and died naturally; and said he desired this testimony in order to remove the possibility of any other author save Cide Hamete Benengeli bringing him to life again falsely and making interminable stories out of his achievements.

Such was the end of the Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha, whose village Cide Hamete would not indicate precisely, in order to leave all the towns and villages of La Mancha to contend among themselves for the right to adopt him and claim him as a son, as the seven cities of Greece contended for Homer. The lamentations of Sancho and the niece and housekeeper are omitted here, as well as the new epitaphs upon his tomb; Samson Carrasco, however, put the following lines:

A doughty gentleman lies here;
A stranger all his life to fear;
Nor in his death could Death prevail,
In that last hour, to make him quail.
He for the world but little cared;
And at his feats the world was scared;
A crazy man his life he passed,
But in his senses died at last.

And said most sage Cide Hamete to his pen, "Rest here, hung up by this brass wire, upon this shelf, O my pen, whether of skilful make or clumsy cut I know not; here shalt thou remain long ages hence, unless presumptuous or malignant story-tellers take thee down to profane thee. But ere they touch thee warn them, and, as best thou canst, say to them:

Hold off! ye weaklings; hold your hands!
  Adventure it let none,
For this emprise, my lord the king,
  Was meant for me alone.

For me alone was Don Quixote born, and I for him; it was his to act, mine to write; we two together make but one, notwithstanding and in spite of that pretended Tordesillesque writer who has ventured or would venture with his great, coarse, ill-trimmed ostrich quill to write the achievements of my valiant knight;--no burden for his shoulders, nor subject for his frozen wit: whom, if perchance thou shouldst come to know him, thou shalt warn to leave at rest where they lie the weary mouldering bones of Don Quixote, and not to attempt to carry him off, in opposition to all the privileges of death, to Old Castile, making him rise from the grave where in reality and truth he lies stretched at full length, powerless to make any third expedition or new sally; for the two that he has already made, so much to the enjoyment and approval of everybody to whom they have become known, in this as well as in foreign countries, are quite sufficient for the purpose of turning into ridicule the whole of those made by the whole set of the knights-errant; and so doing shalt thou discharge thy Christian calling, giving good counsel to one that bears ill-will to thee. And I shall remain satisfied, and proud to have been the first who has ever enjoyed the fruit of his writings as fully as he could desire; for my desire has been no other than to deliver over to the detestation of mankind the false and foolish tales of the books of chivalry, which, thanks to that of my true Don Quixote, are even now tottering, and doubtless doomed to fall for ever. Farewell."

El ingenioso caballero Don Quijote de la Mancha:
De cómo don Quijote cayó malo, y del testamento que hizo, y su muerte

de Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

COMO las cosas humanas no sean eternas, yendo siempre en declinación de sus principios hasta llegar a su último fin, especialmente las vidas de los hombres, y como la de don Quijote no tuviese privilegio del cielo para detener el curso de la suya, llegó su fin y acabamiento cuando él menos lo pensaba; porque, o ya fuese de la melancolía que le causaba el verse vencido, o ya por la disposición del cielo, que así lo ordenaba, se le arraigó una calentura que le tuvo seis días en la cama, en los cuales fue visitado muchas veces del cura, del bachiller y del barbero, sus amigos, sin quitársele de la cabecera Sancho Panza, su buen escudero.

Éstos, creyendo que la pesadumbre de verse vencido y de no ver cumplido su deseo en la libertad y desencanto de Dulcinea le tenía de aquella suerte, por todas las vías posibles procuraban alegrarle, diciéndole el bachiller que se animase y levantase, para comenzar su pastoral ejercicio, para el cual tenía ya compuesta una écloga, que mal año para cuantas Sanazaro había compuesto, y que ya tenía comprados de su propio dinero dos famosos perros para guardar el ganado: el uno llamado Barcino, y el otro Butrón, que se los había vendido un ganadero del Quintanar. Pero no por esto dejaba don Quijote sus tristezas.

Llamaron sus amigos al médico, tomóle el pulso, y no le contentó mucho, y dijo que, por sí o por no, atendiese a la salud de su alma, porque la del cuerpo corría peligro. Oyólo don Quijote con ánimo sosegado, pero no lo oyeron así su ama, su sobrina y su escudero, los cuales comenzaron a llorar tiernamente, como si ya le tuvieran muerto delante. Fue el parecer del médico que melancolías y desabrimientos le acababan. Rogó don Quijote que le dejasen solo, porque quería dormir un poco. Hiciéronlo así y durmió de un tirón, como dicen, más de seis horas; tanto, que pensaron el ama y la sobrina que se había de quedar en el sueño. Despertó al cabo del tiempo dicho, y, dando una gran voz, dijo:

-¡Bendito sea el poderoso Dios, que tanto bien me ha hecho! En fin, sus misericordias no tienen límite, ni las abrevian ni impiden los pecados de los hombres.

Estuvo atenta la sobrina a las razones del tío, y pareciéronle más concertadas que él solía decirlas, a lo menos, en aquella enfermedad, y preguntóle:

-¿Qué es lo que vuestra merced dice, señor? ¿Tenemos algo de nuevo? ¿Qué misericordias son éstas, o qué pecados de los hombres?

-Las misericordias -respondió don Quijote-, sobrina, son las que en este instante ha usado Dios conmigo, a quien, como dije, no las impiden mis pecados. Yo tengo juicio ya, libre y claro, sin las sombras caliginosas de la ignorancia, que sobre él me pusieron mi amarga y continua leyenda de los detestables libros de las caballerías. Ya conozco sus disparates y sus embelecos, y no me pesa sino que este desengaño ha llegado tan tarde, que no me deja tiempo para hacer alguna recompensa, leyendo otros que sean luz del alma. Yo me siento, sobrina, a punto de muerte; querría hacerla de tal modo, que diese a entender que no había sido mi vida tan mala que dejase renombre de loco, que, puesto que lo he sido, no querría confirmar esta verdad en mi muerte. Llámame, amiga, a mis buenos amigos: el cura, al bachiller Sansón Carrasco y a maese Nicolás, el barbero, que quiero confesarme y hacer mi testamento.

Pero de este trabajo se escusó la sobrina con la entrada de los tres. Apenas los vio don Quijote, cuando dijo:

-Dadme albricias, buenos señores, de que ya yo no soy don Quijote de la Mancha, sino Alonso Quijano, a quien mis costumbres me dieron renombre de Bueno. Ya soy enemigo de Amadís de Gaula y de toda la infinita caterva de su linaje, ya me son odiosas todas las historias profanas del andante caballería, ya conozco mi necedad y el peligro en que me pusieron haberlas leído, ya, por misericordia de Dios, escarmentando en cabeza propia, las abomino.

Cuando esto le oyeron decir los tres, creyeron, sin duda, que alguna nueva locura le había tomado. Y Sansón le dijo:

-¿Ahora, señor don Quijote, que tenemos nueva que está desencantada la señora Dulcinea, sale vuestra merced con eso? Y ¿agora que estamos tan a pique de ser pastores, para pasar cantando la vida, como unos príncipes, quiere vuesa merced hacerse ermitaño? Calle, por su vida, vuelva en sí, y déjese de cuentos.

-Los de hasta aquí -replicó don Quijote-, que han sido verdaderos en mi daño, los ha de volver mi muerte, con ayuda del cielo, en mi provecho. Yo, señores, siento que me voy muriendo a toda priesa; déjense burlas aparte, y tráiganme un confesor que me confiese y un escribano que haga mi testamento, que en tales trances como éste no se ha de burlar el hombre con el alma; y así, suplico que, en tanto que el señor cura me confiesa, vayan por el escribano.

Miráronse unos a otros, admirados de las razones de don Quijote, y, aunque en duda, le quisieron creer; y una de las señales por donde conjeturaron se moría fue el haber vuelto con tanta facilidad de loco a cuerdo, porque a las ya dichas razones añadió otras muchas tan bien dichas, tan cristianas y con tanto concierto, que del todo les vino a quitar la duda, y a creer que estaba cuerdo.

Hizo salir la gente el cura, y quedóse solo con él, y confesóle.

El bachiller fue por el escribano, y de allí a poco volvió con él y con Sancho Panza; el cual Sancho, que ya sabía por nuevas del bachiller en qué estado estaba su señor, hallando a la ama y a la sobrina llorosas, comenzó a hacer pucheros y a derramar lágrimas. Acabóse la confesión, y salió el cura, diciendo:

-Verdaderamente se muere, y verdaderamente está cuerdo Alonso Quijano el Bueno; bien podemos entrar para que haga su testamento.

Estas nuevas dieron un terrible empujón a los ojos preñados de ama, sobrina y de Sancho Panza, su buen escudero, de tal manera, que los hizo reventar las lágrimas de los ojos y mil profundos suspiros del pecho; porque, verdaderamente, como alguna vez se ha dicho, en tanto que don Quijote fue Alonso Quijano el Bueno, a secas, y en tanto que fue don Quijote de la Mancha, fue siempre de apacible condición y de agradable trato, y por esto no sólo era bien querido de los de su casa, sino de todos cuantos le conocían.

Entró el escribano con los demás, y, después de haber hecho la cabeza del testamento y ordenado su alma don Quijote, con todas aquellas circunstancias cristianas que se requieren, llegando a las mandas, dijo:

-Ítem, es mi voluntad que de ciertos dineros que Sancho Panza, a quien en mi locura hice mi escudero, tiene, que, porque ha habido entre él y mí ciertas cuentas, y dares y tomares, quiero que no se le haga cargo dellos, ni se le pida cuenta alguna, sino que si sobrare alguno, después de haberse pagado de lo que le debo, el restante sea suyo, que será bien poco, y buen provecho le haga; y, si como estando yo loco fui parte para darle el gobierno de la ínsula, pudiera agora, estando cuerdo, darle el de un reino, se le diera, porque la sencillez de su condición y fidelidad de su trato lo merece.

Y, volviéndose a Sancho, le dijo:

-Perdóname, amigo, de la ocasión que te he dado de parecer loco como yo, haciéndote caer en el error en que yo he caído, de que hubo y hay caballeros andantes en el mundo.

-¡Ay! -respondió Sancho, llorando-: no se muera vuestra merced, señor mío, sino tome mi consejo y viva muchos años, porque la mayor locura que puede hacer un hombre en esta vida es dejarse morir, sin más ni más, sin que nadie le mate, ni otras manos le acaben que las de la melancolía. Mire no sea perezoso, sino levántese desa cama, y vámonos al campo vestidos de pastores, como tenemos concertado: quizá tras de alguna mata hallaremos a la señora doña Dulcinea desencantada, que no haya más que ver. Si es que se muere de pesar de verse vencido, écheme a mí la culpa, diciendo que por haber yo cinchado mal a Rocinante le derribaron; cuanto más, que vuestra merced habrá visto en sus libros de caballerías ser cosa ordinaria derribarse unos caballeros a otros, y el que es vencido hoy ser vencedor mañana.

-Así es -dijo Sansón-, y el buen Sancho Panza está muy en la verdad destos casos.

-Señores -dijo don Quijote-, vámonos poco a poco, pues ya en los nidos de antaño no hay pájaros hogaño: yo fui loco, y ya soy cuerdo; fui don Quijote de la Mancha, y soy agora, como he dicho, Alonso Quijano el Bueno. Pueda con vuestras mercedes mi arrepentimiento y mi verdad volverme a la estimación que de mí se tenía, y prosiga adelante el señor escribano.

»Ítem, mando toda mi hacienda, a puerta cerrada, a Antonia Quijana, mi sobrina, que está presente, habiendo sacado primero de lo más bien parado della lo que fuere menester para cumplir las mandas que dejo hechas; y la primera satisfación que se haga quiero que sea pagar el salario que debo del tiempo que mi ama me ha servido, y más veinte ducados para un vestido. Dejo por mis albaceas al señor cura y al señor bachiller Sansón Carrasco, que están presentes.

»Ítem, es mi voluntad que si Antonia Quijana, mi sobrina, quisiere casarse, se case con hombre de quien primero se haya hecho información que no sabe qué cosas sean libros de caballerías; y, en caso que se averiguare que lo sabe, y, con todo eso, mi sobrina quisiere casarse con él, y se casare, pierda todo lo que le he mandado, lo cual puedan mis albaceas distribuir en obras pías a su voluntad.

»Ítem, suplico a los dichos señores mis albaceas que si la buena suerte les trujere a conocer al autor que dicen que compuso una historia que anda por ahí con el título de Segunda parte de las hazañas de don Quijote de la Mancha, de mi parte le pidan, cuan encarecidamente ser pueda, perdone la ocasión que sin yo pensarlo le di de haber escrito tantos y tan grandes disparates como en ella escribe, porque parto desta vida con escrúpulo de haberle dado motivo para escribirlos.

Cerró con esto el testamento, y, tomándole un desmayo, se tendió de largo a largo en la cama. Alborotáronse todos y acudieron a su remedio, y en tres días que vivió después deste donde hizo el testamento, se desmayaba muy a menudo. Andaba la casa alborotada; pero, con todo, comía la sobrina, brindaba el ama, y se regocijaba Sancho Panza; que esto del heredar algo borra o templa en el heredero la memoria de la pena que es razón que deje el muerto.

En fin, llegó el último de don Quijote, después de recebidos todos los sacramentos, y después de haber abominado con muchas y eficaces razones de los libros de caballerías. Hallóse el escribano presente, y dijo que nunca había leído en ningún libro de caballerías que algún caballero andante hubiese muerto en su lecho tan sosegadamente y tan cristiano como don Quijote; el cual, entre compasiones y lágrimas de los que allí se hallaron, dio su espíritu: quiero decir que se murió.

Viendo lo cual el cura, pidió al escribano le diese por testimonio como Alonso Quijano el Bueno, llamado comúnmente don Quijote de la Mancha, había pasado desta presente vida y muerto naturalmente; y que el tal testimonio pedía para quitar la ocasión de algún otro autor que Cide Hamete Benengeli le resucitase falsamente, y hiciese inacabables historias de sus hazañas.

Este fin tuvo el Ingenioso Hidalgo de la Mancha, cuyo lugar no quiso poner Cide Hamete puntualmente, por dejar que todas las villas y lugares de la Mancha contendiesen entre sí por ahijársele y tenérsele por suyo, como contendieron las siete ciudades de Grecia por Homero.

Déjanse de poner aquí los llantos de Sancho, sobrina y ama de don Quijote, los nuevos epitafios de su sepultura, aunque Sansón Carrasco le puso éste:

Yace aquí el Hidalgo fuerte   
que a tanto estremo llegó   
de valiente, que se advierte   
que la muerte no triunfó   
de su vida con su muerte.  

Tuvo a todo el mundo en poco;   
fue el espantajo y el coco   
del mundo, en tal coyuntura,   
que acreditó su ventura   
morir cuerdo y vivir loco.   

Y el prudentísimo Cide Hamete dijo a su pluma:

-Aquí quedarás, colgada desta espetera y deste hilo de alambre, ni sé si bien cortada o mal tajada péñola mía, adonde vivirás luengos siglos, si presuntuosos y malandrines historiadores no te descuelgan para profanarte. Pero, antes que a ti lleguen, les puedes advertir, y decirles en el mejor modo que pudieres:

«¡Tate, tate, folloncicos!   
De ninguno sea tocada;   
porque esta impresa, buen rey,   
para mí estaba guardada.   

Para mí sola nació don Quijote, y yo para él; él supo obrar y yo escribir; solos los dos somos para en uno, a despecho y pesar del escritor fingido y tordesillesco que se atrevió, o se ha de atrever, a escribir con pluma de avestruz grosera y mal deliñada las hazañas de mi valeroso caballero, porque no es carga de sus hombros ni asunto de su resfriado ingenio; a quien advertirás, si acaso llegas a conocerle, que deje reposar en la sepultura los cansados y ya podridos huesos de don Quijote, y no le quiera llevar, contra todos los fueros de la muerte, a Castilla la Vieja, haciéndole salir de la fuesa donde real y verdaderamente yace tendido de largo a largo, imposibilitado de hacer tercera jornada y salida nueva; que, para hacer burla de tantas como hicieron tantos andantes caballeros, bastan las dos que él hizo, tan a gusto y beneplácito de las gentes a cuya noticia llegaron, así en éstos como en los estraños reinos». Y con esto cumplirás con tu cristiana profesión, aconsejando bien a quien mal te quiere, y yo quedaré satisfecho y ufano de haber sido el primero que gozó el fruto de sus escritos enteramente, como deseaba, pues no ha sido otro mi deseo que poner en aborrecimiento de los hombres las fingidas y disparatadas historias de los libros de caballerías, que, por las de mi verdadero don Quijote, van ya tropezando, y han de caer del todo, sin duda alguna. Vale.