Adventures of Don Quixote de La Mancha. Tr. by Motteux. New, Revised Ed

Adventures of Don Quixote de La Mancha. Tr. by Motteux. New, Revised Ed

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ...of men are divided--some cry up the adventure of the windmill giants, some are for that of the fulling-mills, others stand up for the description of the two armies that afterwards proved two flocks of sheep; some prize most the adventure of the dead corpse that was carrying to Segovia, while others say that none of them can compare with that of the galley-slaves. However, some who have read your history wish tbat the author had spared himself the pains of registering some of that infinite number or drubbings which the noble Don Quixote received." "There lies the truth of the history," quoth Saucho. "Those things in human equity, said Don Quixote, "might very well have been omitted, for actions that neither impair nor alter the history ought rather to be buried in silence than related, if they redound to the discredit of the hero of the history. Certainly /Eneas was never so pious as Virgil represents him, nor Ulysses so prudent as he is made by Homer." "I am of your opinion," said Carrasco; "but it is one thing to write like a poet, and another thing to write like an historian. It is sufficient for the first to deliver matters as they ought to have been; 'whereas the last must relate them as they were really transacted, without adding or omitting anything upon any pretence whatever." "Well," quoth Sancho, " if this same Moorish lord be once got into the road of truth, a hundred to one but among my master's ribroastings he has not forgot mine; for they never took measure of his worship's shoulders but they were pleased to do as much for my whole body; but it was no wonder, for it is his own rule that if once the head aches, every limb must suffer too." "Hold your...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 16mm | 544g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236917502
  • 9781236917508