February 6, 2023

Don Juan

Identity: Don Juan is Jeronimo’s friend who discusses the false sequel of “Don Quixote de la Mancha” with our knight.

Don Lorenzo (Don Diego Miranda’s Son)

Age: Don Lorenzo is Don Diego’s Don Quixote Tale  eighteen-year-old son.

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Education (languages): Don Lorenzo has been “learning Latin and Greek at Salamanca University for six years now.”

Poet: Don Lorenzo is “so obsessed with poetry Don Quixote Work Of Fiction  that [his father] cannot make him take up law, [or] theology.” In fact, Don Lorenzo “spends the whole day working out whether Homer did or did not express himself well in such and such a verse of the Iliad, whether Martial was being obscene or not in such and such an epigram and whether these lines of Virgil should be understood like this or like that.” In short, Don Lorenzo “only has time for books by [of poetry] not by Horace, Persius, Juevenal, and Tibullus, because he hasn’t much interest in modern vernacular writers.”

Don Lorenzo and Don Diego: While Don Quixote removes Don Quixote Book – his armour, Don Lorenzo asks his father “who on earth this knight is” and what made his father bring him home? In reply, Don Diego says that he has “seen him perform the actions of the greatest madman in the world, and heard him speak words of such good sense that they dissipate the effects of his deeds.” Then Don Diego asks Don Lorenzo to test him to see how much he knows and to “form his own judgement about which of the two, good sense or stupidity, is uppermost” in Don Quixote’s mind. Since Don Diego thinks his son is a “sensible lad” he trusts that Don Lorenzo will soon discern the truth for himself. After Don Lorenzo talks to Don Quixote about poetry and knight errantry, “Don Diego asks his son what conclusions he has reached about the state of their guest’s mind.” In reply, Don Lorenzo says that “all the doctors and fine clerks in the world couldn’t make a fair copy of that man by eliminating his blotches of insanity [because] he is mad in streaks complete with lucid intervals.”

Surprise at Don Quixote’s Appearance: As Don Quixote “dismounts Don Quixote Work Of Fiction – from Rocinante and approaches Don Diego’s son and wife, [they are] astonished at his strange appearance.” Later, Don Lorenzo says that he is “astonished at [Don Quixote’s] name, appearance, and claim to be a knight errant.”

Literary Competition: Don Diego’s father believes that his son is in “some sort of literary competition [because] at the moment his mind [is] in a whirl because he’s writing a verse gloss on a stanza he has been sent from Salamanca University.”

Father’s Expectations: Though Don Diego “want[s] [his son] to be the pride and joy of the family” by pursuing a career as a lawyer, or as a priest, Don Lorenzo wants to be a poet. Thus, Don Diego wonders if he should have ever have given birth to his son.

Interaction with Don Quixote: Don Lorenzo, a “student poet, comes out with his mother [Dona Christina] to greet their guest,” Don Quixote. After “exchanging civilities” with Don Diego’s son, Don Quixote thinks he is “sharp witted and sensible.” After changing clothes, Don Quixote “strolls into another room, where [Don Lorenzo] waits to keep him amused while the table is being laid.” During their conversation, Don Quixote tells Don Lorenzo that he has a reputation of “a great poet.” In reply, Don Lorenzo says that “a poet [he] may well be but a great one, never, [because] while he is fond of poetry and reading good poets [that] doesn’t give [him] the right to be called great, as [he] apparently is by [his] father.” Don Quixote, in truth, “finds [his] humility attractive because there is no poet who is not arrogant and does not consider himself to be the greatest poet in the world.” In response, Don Lorenzo says “there’s no rule without exception [because] there must be a poet somewhere who is Don Quixote Narrative great but doesn’t think he is.” There “are very few of them,” Don Quixote replies. Then he asks Don Lorenzo to “tell [him] what are these verses he has in his hands [and why they make him] somewhat pensive and restless?” To elaborate, Don Quixote says “if they are verse gloss, [he does] have some slight understanding of that art.” Moreover, Don Quixote tells Don Lorenzo that if his poems are intended for a literary competition [he] should try to win the second prize; because the first prize is always given as a personal favor or in recognition of the poet’s social status [but] the second prize is won on pure merit.” Though Don Lorenzo does not respond to Don Quixote’s inquiry, he “can’t consider [Don Quixote] a madman” yet. So he asks him “what subjects he studied in university.” After Don Quixote tells him that he studied knight errantry, Don Lorenzo “declares that if this is true this subject is superior to all others.” So ensues a long conversation about knights and knight errantry. When Don Lorenzo hears Don Quixote rave about knight errantry he says to himself that his “guest has flipped his lid, but he is a splendid madman all the same, and [he’d] be a feeble fool not to think so.” Here, their conversation ends because they are called to lunch. After lunch, “Don Quixote entreats Don Lorenzo to recite the verses he’d written for the literary competition.” To not “seem like one of those poets who refuse to recite their verses when asked [Don Lorenzo says he] will recite [his] verse gloss for [Don Quixote but] that [he is] not expecting any prizes for it [because he] only wrote it to exercise his mind.” After Don Quixote opines “that nobody should weary himself writing verse glosses [because] the gloss [is] bound to fall short of the text glossed, [especially since] it is often a long way from the purpose and intention of the original,” Don Lorenzo thinks that when it comes to poetry, Don Quixote is surprisingly well-informed and astute. Then, Don Lorenzo recites 6 verse glosses about time and Dame Fortune. After Don Lorenzo “recites his gloss, Don Quixote comes to his feet, grasps the young man’s right hand, and says in a voice so loud that he seems to be shouting, that Don Lorenzo is “a noble youth [who is] the best poet in the world and [that he] deserves to be crowned with laurel.’” Then, Don Quixote asks Don Lorenzo to “recite [for him] some pentameters [because he] should like to feel the pulse of [his] admirable abilities in all aspects.” Made proud by Don Quixote’s praise, Don Lorenzo recites a “sonnet about the fable or history of Pyramus and Thisbe.” Delighted by his sonnet Don Quixote exclaims “heaven be praised [for his poetry for] among the countless bloated poets in this world you, [he has found] a consummate one!”


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Originally posted 2019-12-30 12:52:06.

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