February 8, 2023

Don Fernando and Luscinda: Can’t Force A Woman To Love You

How Don Fernando Seduces Luscinda: When Cardenio praises Luscinda’s beauty, grace, and intelligence, his description arouses in Don Fernando “a firm desire to contemplate a maiden adorned with such fine qualities.” Therefore, when Luscinda writes to Cardenio for a chivalry book, he mistakenly lets Don Fernando see her don quixote – quixotic novels one night, by the light of a candle, at the grille of her window. Upon glimpsing her, Don Fernando is struck dumb, and spellbound, by her pretty appearance and lovely figure, which is accentuated by her tight-fitting chemise. Don Fernando is so drawn to Luscinda’s loveliness that his basic instincts kick-in, and he lusts after her body. Some days later, Don Fernando’s passion is further inflamed, when he finds a letter written by Lucinda, asking Cardenio to ask her father for her hand in marriage. Since this missive is so “well-expressed, so tender, and so modest,” Don Fernando tells Cardenio that “Luscinda brings about, in her person, the beauty and understanding of a fine woman, coupled with the physical attractions of a goddess.” Determined to share favors with Luscinda as her husband, Don Fernando always brings her up in his conversations with Cardenio, in an effort to discover more about her. Sparked by an eager sense of curiosity, Don Fernando always contrives to read the letters Cardenio writes to Luscinda, as well as her replies, on grounds that he derives Don Quixote Story great pleasure from the good sense that both of them show. Playing the role of a matchmaker, Don Fernando pretends to take it upon himself to speak to Cardenio’s father to persuade him to speak to Luscinda’s father to secure permission for Cardenio to marry her. But Don Fernando’s real motivation is to send Cardenio away, on a plausible pretext, long enough for him to copulate with, and perhaps marry, Luscinda. Therefore, to send Cardenio away on a false errand, Don Fernando tricks him into believing that he must go, as a good subject, to his elder brother to purchase six horses for his family. Then, Don Fernando sends letters to his elder brother, asking him to keep Cardenio occupied for at least a week. Thus, when Cardenio “reaches the town to which he is sent, he is well-received, but his business is not well-attended to,” since Don Fernando’s elder brother invents the excuse that he has to wait for his father, Duke Ricardo, to send money for the horses, when really he has the money all the time, and could have sent Cardenio back to join Don Fernando immediately. During Cardenio’s absence, Don Fernando bestows his affections on Luscinda by telling her father that he intends to court, and marry her. This, in turn, enables Don Fernando to arrange a rapid wedding ceremony, so that he can have his way with her as soon as possible. Though Luscinda loves Cardenio, ultimately, she follows her parent’s wishes for two reasons. One, since Luscinda is raised, and watched over, by her parents, she is used to obeying their wishes, since, in most matters, they “keep careful guard of her virtue.” Two, Luscinda thinks that Don Fernando is a noble aristocrat, whose earnest affections should not be dismissed lightly, since his great riches, noble pedigree, and landed title, could do her well. Thus, Luscinda yields to a union with Don Fernando, despite loving Cardenio. This, in brief, is why Don Fernando is able to seduce Luscinda.

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Don Fernando and Luscinda’s Wedding: A few days after Cardenio is sent away to fetch horses in Andalusia, Luscinda writes Cardenio a letter, saying that Don Fernando has asked for her hand in marriage, and that her father—persuaded that Don Fernando will be a better match for his daughter than Cardenio will—grants his consent so eagerly, that the marriage is scheduled in two days time, in a secret ceremony, at his home. During this wedding rite, Luscinda 32yields to the pressure of the match, even though she deeply and truly loves Cardenio, since she is not only accustomed to obeying her parent’s wishes, immured as she is in their house, but also because Don Fernando is a man that is so rich so noble and so eminent that had she refused him she would be thought to be either out of her mind, or, alternatively, to have another lover. Succumbing to this pressure, Luscinda whispers a wan “I Do,” in response to the priest’s question of whether she will take Don Fernando to be her lawfully wedded husband, for better or for worse, for richer-or-poorer, in sickness and in health, till death do they part. Upon whispering this oath, however, Luscinda blanches, swoons, clutches her heart, and, ultimately, collapses in her mother’s arms, throwing everyone at the wedding into a state of confusion and worry. To relieve Luscinda of the burden of a tight fitting garment, her mother loosens her bodice, and lo-and-behold, out pops a folded piece of paper in which she declares to Cardenio that she agreed to be Don Fernando’s wife, only to obey her parent’s wishes, but that in her heart of hearts, she is really Cardenio’s wife. When Don Fernando snatches this letter up and starts to read it by the light of one of the torches, he sits in a chair, with his hand on his cheek, in serious contemplation of the fact that Luscinda loves, not him, but another man. This, in short, prompts Don Fernando to leave straight away in a state of embarrassed fury.

Don Fernando Tries To Kill Luscinda: When Don Fernando reads a note that falls out of Luscinda’s bodices declaring that she not only cannot be Don Fernando’s wife because she is already married to Cardenio but also that she only wed him to not disobey her parents, Don Fernando, feeling deceived and slighted and mocked, falls upon her, while she is still unconscious, and tries to stab her with her own dagger. But Luscinda’s parents and Don Fernando’s relatives stop him from taking revenge.

Don Fernando Fetches Luscinda From a Convent: After being forced to marry Don Fernando at her father’s house, Luscinda flees to a convent to become a nun. But Don Fernando follows her there, with three hand-picked men, to snatch her when he can. At first, Don Fernando does not alert Luscinda of his presence due to his fear that if it were known he was there the guard would be redoubled. So one day he waits until the porter’s lodge is left unmanned, and only two men are posted at the door. Slipping by the doormen, Don Fernando finds Luscinda in a cloister talking to a nun. Silently, the three men seize her without giving her a chance to resist. Afterwards they take Luscinda to a tavern where they take what they need for their long journey. This is easy for them to do because the convent is in the middle of the fields, a long way from the city. Upon finding herself in Don Fernando’s hands Luscinda faints, and even after she awakes all she does is weep and sigh, without speaking a word.

Luscinda Pleads With Don Fernando To Let Her Be With Cardenio: In a desperate attempt to convince Don Fernando to allow her to go and hug Cardenio, Luscinda tells him that since he is a gentlemen, duty must persuade him to let Don Quixote Fiction her go and cling to the “mainstay and support of her existence,” especially since all of his entreaties, threats, promises, and gifts, have not been able to separate these true-lovers. Since heaven, Luscinda says, has placed before her her true husband, Don Fernando is obliged to let her and Cardenio be together.

Luscinda Tells Don Fernando That If He Will Not Let Her and Cardenio Be Together Then He Should Take Her Life: Luscinda reasons, if Don Fernando is unable to turn his rage into love, or his murderous vindictiveness into a will to do what is right, he should take her life, since, maybe her death will convince Cardenio that she has remained faithful to him until the very last moments of her existence.

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Originally posted 2020-01-18 05:16:13.