September 27, 2022

Dorotea

Dorotea Manages Her Parent’s Farm: As manager of her parent’s 60 acre farm Dorotea is in charge of: hiring-and-firing servants; paying-and-promoting foreman; compensating-and-demoting shepherds; reimbursing-and-dismissing Don Quixote Fiction day laborers; controlling-and-harvesting crops; operating-and-overseeing olive-presses; activating-and-maneuvering wine-presses; culling the size of their cattle-herds; determining the size of their sheep-flocks; even managing the quantity of their beehives. In short, “as the stewardess and mistress of everything that a wealthy farmer, like Clenardo, can and does possess,” Dorotea manages his affairs with so much diligence on her part and so much satisfaction on his that father-and-daughter are close friends.

Dorotea
Don Quixote Novel

Dorotea’s Parents: Dorotea’s parents are rich tenant farmers of an Andalusian Duke named Ricardo. Though they are of humble stock, her parents have enriched themselves over the years by: sowing-and-harvesting wheat stocks; gathering-and-pressing olives; cultivating-and-maintaining vineyards; placing-and-harvesting bee-hives; droving-and-managing cow-herds; and shearing-and-shorning sheep-flocks. Though they are simple, folksy, farmers of modest-station, Dorotea’s parents are not so low-born as to don quixote – quixotism feel affronted by their rank. In fact, thanks to their wealth-and-generosity, Dorotea’s parents are beginning to be regarded as hidalgos by the peasants, even nobles, by the local gentry, especially since they are old, pure-blooded, Christians whose pedigree is unmixed with the lineage of any other race.

Dorotea’s Relationship With Her Parents: Since Dorotea is the “mirror in which her parents contemplate themselves,” as well as the goal toward which they guide all their desires, they not only privilege their daughter by designating her as both the mistress of their affections as well as the sole heir of all that they own but also they indulge her by offering her their deep love as an assurance. Thus, to ensure that Dorotea is protected from wandering hearts, her parents make diligent efforts to shelter her from loving eyes. As such, when Dorotea attends 16mass, her mother attends to her so closely that her isolation can be compared to the seclusion of a nunnery. Measures that Dorotea’s mother takes to protect her daughter from amorous advances include: waking her up for mass at sun-up so that attendance is light; surrounding her with a great number of Don Quixote Narrative maidservants who act as chaperones to her chastity; veiling her face and body so closely that her beautiful visage and voluptuous curves are hidden from sight; and withdrawing Dorotea so carefully that her “eyes glimpse almost nothing except the ground on which she walks.” Despite her mother’s precautions, however, Don Fernando’s loving, idle eyes catch sight of Dorotea, as his lustful demonstrations express. When Dorotea’s parents discover this, they tell their daughter that since their honor and reputation depend upon her virtue and goodness she should consider the difference in rank between Don Fernando and herself before acting precipitously. Since Dorotea’s parents believe that Don Fernando’s intentions have more to do with his pleasure than Dorotea’s welfare, they propose to marry her to any man she chooses, especially among the most eminent men in her town to make Don Fernando lose all hope of possessing her. Despite this proposal, however, Don Fernando still manages to jilt their daughter, which makes Dorotea feel that she must “control the distressed looks on her face,” so that her parents do not force her to invent a lie explaining why she is so unhappy. Realizing how differently she might appear before her parents, Dorotea prefers to banish herself forever from their sight rather than look them in the face with the knowledge that in one blow Don Fernando deprived her of the purity that her parents would have expected her to defend. Therefore, Dorotea runs away to a nearby city to find Don Fernando. But when she hears a town crier announce a large reward for anyone who finds her, rather than “appear before her parents so different from how they had taken her to be,” Dorotea leaves the city with her servant to take refuge in a densely wooded part of a nearby sierra. After explaining her tale of woe to father Pero Perez (the priest) Master Nicholas (the barber), and Cardenio, she beseeches them to tell her where she can spend her life without being tormented by the dread of being found by her parents. Three pages later, Dorotea tells Don Fernando that since she was “brought up as a humble farmer’s daughter—a woman, who, enclosed within the bounds of her parent’s virtue, lived a contented life of chaste seclusion—she willingly handed him the keys to her heart” despite her parent’s strictures.

What Dorotea Does With Her Spare Time: During her free time, Dorotea performs acts that she not only enjoys doing but also that she approves of because she deems them proper and necessary for young ladies: like weaving crochets, sowing sweaters with needle and pincushion, or reading books of devotion to improve her moral-character. And, occasionally, if Dorotea puts these activities aside in search of lighter recreation, she creates melodic harmonies by playing a harp, for example, since experience has shown her that “music settles the distressed mind and eases the troubles that are born of the spirit.”

Dorotea’s Beauty: Dorotea’s beauty is first shown when she hitches her 17gaiters halfway up her legs and baths her feet in a bubbling brook. When Dorotea washes the dust and dirt off her lower shins, her feet look like “two pieces of white crystal lying among the other stones in the river bed.” What’s more, to Cervantes, the whiteness of Dorotea’s legs gives them great beauty, since they are described as a form of white gypsum, reminiscent of the purest alabaster. The attractiveness of Dorotea’s feet is accentuated by a pretty face of peerless beauty marked by freely-flowing, thick, long blond hair that hangs down well-below her shoulders.

Dorotea Runs Away: When Dorotea discovers that Don Fernando has married a young woman of great beauty and noble family named Luscinda, her heart is so chilled that she dresses-up that very night, as a farm boy, and, in the silence of the night, leaves home, to travel to a nearby city in search of Don Fernando, so that she can speak to him about why he should honor his vow to marry her. But before Dorotea sets-off she packs her clothes in a cotton pillow-case, together with a few jewels and bit of money she thinks she will need to pay for her food, shelter, and transportation. Then, under the cover of darkness, Dorotea travels with one of her father’s farm hands, a herdboy, who acts as her personal assistant. Without saying goodbye to her treacherous maid, Dorotea arrives on the outskirts of the city where Don Fernando is. Once there, Dorotea asks a local peasant where Luscinda’s parent’s house is. Upon discovering that Don Fernando left after the wedding ceremony, Dorotea does not know what to do. But when she hears a town-crier make an announcement stating her age, describing her clothing, and declaring a large reward for anyone who finds her, Dorotea leaves the city, with her man servant, to hide in a densely wooded part of a nearby forest, to avoid apprehension. But when her man-servant tries to take advantage of the seclusion he thinks the forest offers him by forcing himself upon her, Dorotea defends her body by pushing him over a precipice, leaving him contorted on the valley floor below. To escape the forest glade, Dorotea makes her way deep into the mountain chain for three reasons: to avoid explaining to the police why she killed, or seriously injured, her helper; to hide from her father’s prying eyes; and to resume her search for Don Fernando. During her wanderings in the mountains of the Sierra Moreno, Dorotea meets a country herdsman named Guillermo, who hires her as a herdboy. After many months of working in the depths of the sierra, her employer discovers that Dorotea is not a man, but a woman pretending to be a man. Anticipating his wicked desire to rape her, Dorotea “runs away and hides once more in the wilds, rather than trying her strength against him,” or inventing excuses to be away from him. To devise a plan of escape, Dorotea looks for a spot in the forest where she can muster the strength she needs to devise a successful exit-strategy. On route to an isolated glade, Dorotea washes her feet in a bubbling stream, while soliloquizing about being in the middle of a strange forest, with only crags and thickets to listen to her thoughts.

Dorotea and Her Father’s Servant: When Dorotea runs away she asks a herdboy in her father’s service to go with her to a city where she believes Don Fernando can be found. Though, initially, Dorotea’s servant reproaches her for her rashness, eventually he offers to go with her to the “end of the world” if need be. To go undetected, Dorotea disguises herself in herboy clothes. Then, in the silence of the night she leaves home with her new servant; and sets out on foot for a nearby city to find Don Fernando. As soon as Dorotea finds the city in which Don Fernando and Luscinda are in, her farm-servant begins to show signs of wavering in the loyalty that he promises her. That night, fearful of being discovered, they take refuge in the most densely wooded part of the Sierra, which provides an opportunity for Dorotea’s servant to take advantage of her. Tempted by the thought of taking advantage of the opportunity provided by their isolation, the herdboy tries to force himself on Dorotea. Prompted more by his own wickedness than by her beauty, and bereft of all shame and respect for Dorotea, he asks Dorotea for her love. But when he finds that Dorotea responds with insolence and just contempt, he abandons his entreaties with which he’d thought he’d have his way and turns to violence instead. To repulse the herd boy’s rapacious attack, Dorotea gathers the strength to push him over a nearby precipice, where she leaves him dead or alive, she does not know.

Dorotea Pretends to Be a Man: As a herdboy, Dorotea wears a pale-brown rustic cape, tan colored woolen breeches and gaiters, and a cap of the same color, to disguise her gender. While working for a herdsman as his servant, Dorotea hides her golden locks by staying out in the open. But all her cunning and precautions are futile, because her master finds out that she is not a man.

Dorotea Defends Her Body Against Her Employer By Running Away: When Dorotea’s employer discovers that she is a woman and tries to rape her, “what Reconquista Fighting  seems [most] prudent to [Dorotea] is [to] run-away and hide in the wilds once again rather than try her strength and pretexts against him, [especially] since she can’t find any precipice or ravine to push him over.” So, to avoid being raped, Dorotea takes to the forest and looks for a spot where she will not be found.

Dorotea Is Upset By The Rumor That She Has Eloped With Her Servant: When Dorotea hears “a rumor that she eloped with the lad who’d come with her” to Cardenio’s hometown she is very perturbed, since this new palavera shows “how low her credit had fallen” among the general populas. Dorotea, in other words, is mortified by this new rumor, since she believes her reputation had already lowered by fleeing in the first place, now she has to contend with wild speculations that she is having a lust affair with her father’s farmhand, a man “mean and unworthy of her affections.”

Dorotea Meets the Priest, the Barber, and Cardenio In The 18Sierra Moreno: When the priest, the barber, and Cardenio hear Dorotea’s doleful laments, they go to look for her. After a few moments of searching they discover her sitting behind a rock at the foot of an ash tree, washing her feet in a bubbling brook. Unable to see her face because her head is bent over the stream, the priest, the barber, and Cardenio approach her quietly, so that they can observe her unobserved. Upon closer inspection, the three men gaze at Dorotea’s feet, astonished by the whiteness and beauty of her legs, which “don’t look as if they are accustomed to treading the clods or trudging behind the plough and the oxen,” as her herdsman’s clothes depict. To collect further information about her, the priest motions for the other two men to crouch down and hide behind some rocks. From their hiding place they see Dorotea remove her cap and shake her head from side-to-side to reveal “freely flowing golden locks that the sun itself may have envied.” By shaking out her long, blond, lush hair, Dorotea shows the men that she is a well-favored woman, not a herdboy, who is the “most beautiful [female] that the Priest and Barber have ever seen, and that Cardenio would have seen if he hadn’t had Luscinda.”

Dorotea On Unequal Marriages: When Don Fernando wants to marry Dorotea despite her lower rank, Dorotea believes that “she will not be the first girl to rise by means of marriage from humble to high estate, nor will Don Fernando be the first man to be led by beauty or, more likely, blind desire, into taking a wife beneath his station.”

As Princess Micomicona

Dorotea Pretends To Be A Princess Named Micomicona: At the behest of father Pero Perez, Dorotea pretends to be a damsel in distress “come to beg a boon of Don Quixote, which he, as a brave knight errant, cannot refuse to grant.” The boon, according to the Priest, is that Dorotea ask Don Quixote to redress an injury done to her by an evil giant from a far-away kingdom. Since Dorotea reads a lot of chivalry books she feels that she knows exactly how damsels in distress should ask favors from knights errant. Therefore, to imitate the high-style of chivalry tales, Dorotea dons “a 19frock of fine 20camlet, a bright green shawl, a pearl necklace,” and some other jewels, and rides to Don Quixote on the priest’s mule, which, in her imagination, is a thin-boned palfrey. Dressed like a rich, fine, maiden errant, Dorotea places an ox-tail beard on the barber’s face—so that Don Quixote thinks that he is her faithful squire—and rides a few miles into the Black Mountains. When Dorotea finds Don Quixote amidst a maze of rocks, the bushy-bearded barber springs from his mule and runs to help Dorotea dismount. With grace, elegance, and loveliness, Dorotea falls on her knees and begs Don Quixote to vouchsafe her a boon that will not only redound to the honor and glory of his person but that will also redound to the well-being, prosperity, and happiness of her being. During her plea, Dorotea tells Don Quixote that if the strength of his formidable arm corresponds to the voice of his immortal fame, he is obliged to grant a princess, like her, remedy for her distress, especially since she has traveled all the way from Ethiopia to find him. Later, Princess Micomicona says that she left Ethiopia more than two years ago in Don Quixote – California’s Wine Industry Took a Mammoth Hit During the Prohibition inclement weather to search for a champion. Once in Spain, news of Don Quixote’s mighty deeds encouraged her to find him within the mountain chain, so that she could beg him to commit her just cause to the might of his invincible arm. Ever the paragon of courtesy, Don Quixote insists that he will not hear another word of Dorotea’s plight until she rises from the ground. In response, Dorotea insists that she will not rise from the ground until he swears to grant her the boon that she requests. This action causes Don Quixote to tell Dorotea that he will bestow his favor on her provided that what she asks of him does not lead him to act to the detriment of his King, the disservice of his country, or the shame of Dulcinea. After assuring Don Quixote that what she wants him to do is not: treasonous to his sovereign; disloyal to his motherland; or harmful to Dulcinea’s character; Dorotea explains that if Don Quixote’s reputation for generosity is well-deserved, he will not only come with her immediately to where she is going to take him but also he will promise not to get involved in any other adventures until he has taken vengeance for her on a traitor who, flouting all human and divine law, has usurped her kingdom.

Dorotea Says An Evil Giant Named Pandafilando Usurped her Kingdom: Dorotea pretends that her arch nemesis is an enormous giant named Pandafilando of the Grim Visage, who is the lord of a big island that borders the Kingdom of Micomicona. Dorotea then says that this evil juggernaut “intends to invade her kingdom at the head of a great army to take it from her, without leaving her so much as a tiny village to retire to, unless she agrees to marry him.”

Princess Micomicona’s Father: Dorotea relates that her hypothetical father, Tinacrio the Sage told her that after he dies she should not stay to defend her kingdom—especially if she wants to avoid the “death and destruction of her good and loyal subjects”—because that would be her ruin. Rather, Tinacrio the Sage advises his daughter that when Princess Micomicona sees Pandafilando of the Grim Visage begin to invade her Kingdom, she should leave Micomicona, without offering any resistance, since she does not have the means to defend herself against the giant’s diabolical power. What she should do instead, prophesizes Tinacrio the Sage, is to find a brave knight, like Don Quixote, who will restore her Kingdom to her by slitting the usurper’s throat. And if Don Quixote does this, predicts Tinacrio the Sage, and if he wants to marry her, she must “immediately and without demur” submit to be his lawful wedded wife, and give him possession of her kingdom as well as her person.

Outcome of Her Boon: In conclusion, the adventure of Pandafilando of the Grim Visage comes to a rapid end when Don Quixote, asleep and dreaming at an don quixote – quixotism inn, imagines that he has just taken his sword to Princess Micomicona’s enemy, when, in actuality, he slashes wine-skins that are stored behind his bed. To avoid the mess of twenty gallons of red wine flowing over the floor ? and to avoid seeing Don Quixote in “short and scanty apparel,” ? Dorotea does not dare to go and watch the battle between her protector and her adversary.

Dorotea’s Boon Commits Don Quixote: To get Don Quixote out of the Sierra Morena and back to his home village “where a remedy can be found for his strange madness,” Princess Micomicona reminds him twice that he cannot become involved in any other adventures, however urgent they may be, until he has completed her boon.

 

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Originally posted 2020-01-03 14:02:30.