Sancho Panza and Donna Rodriquez
A Squire and a Doyenna Squabble
Sancho Panza and Donna Rodriguez’s Inimical Relationship: Right away Donna Rodriguez, and Sancho Panza, get-off on the wrong foot, since Sancho Panza: gets her name wrong by calling her Senora Gonzalez; insults her by asking her to stable his donkey; and offends her by calling her old.
Analysis Of Sancho Panza’s Three Insults To Donna Rodriguez: Though Donna Rodriquez is justified in getting upset by Sancho Panza’s: lack of regard for her proper name; lack of respect for her station; and lack of sensitivity for her advanced age, if we view these three insults from Sancho Panza’s perspective, perhaps we may excuse his transgressions. Since Sancho Panza just met Donna Grijalba for the first time, he probably only heard her name once. Thus, it is understandable that he misstated her name. Moreover, Donna Rodriguez’s surname, Grijalba, is a popular Spanish patronymic that Sancho Panza may have mistaken for someone else’s last name that he knows. Therefore, it can be reasoned that Sancho Panza merely made an innocent mistake by confusing the two. What’s more, Sancho Panza is so immersed in tales of chivalry that he expects a beautiful damsel, like Donna Rodriguez, to care for his donkey. Therefore, since Sancho Panza deems Donna Rodriquez to be a kindly and compassionate person, he wants her to take good care of his donkey, because he thinks she will do a good job caring for his beloved companion. As for calling Donna Rodriguez old, though this remark wounds her feminine pride, perhaps there is some truth in what Sancho Panza says. Maybe Donna Rodriguez is old, and appears thus, and though Sancho Panza appears indelicate, maybe he is just being honest. After all, Sancho Panza is not always graceful and polite, hence, he says things, without always considering the impact of his words on the feelings of others. Being a simple commoner, sometimes Sancho Panza utters his sentiments, not out of a sense of ill-spirited malice, but rather out of a sense of saying things, as he sees them, with primary focus on his own needs, which, in this case, is his love for his Donkey Dapple. In short, an intelligent argument can be made that there are mitigating circumstances that render Sancho Panza’s insults to Donna Rodriguez, less intense and less severe.
Sancho Panza Asks Donna Rodriguez to Stable His Donkey: When Sancho Panza asks Donna Rodriguez to get his waiting donkey from the castle gate, and kindly take it to the stable herself—since “it is a nervous and jittery animal and won’t feel happy on its own”—he does not wish to insult her. Rather, he wants what is best for his donkey. In response, Donna Rodriguez tells Sancho Panza to look after his own Donkey because in the Duchess’s household Duenna’s are not accustomed to performing such chores. In reply, Sancho Panza says that since he has heard Don Quixote quote a tercet about Sir Lancelot being waited upon by dames eager to take his horse, he thinks it is only fitting and appropriate if Donna Rodriguez willingly looks after his ass. Later on, when Sancho Panza says that it is “more proper for Duennas to feed asses then to stand around castle halls,” Donna Rodriguez gets all het up again, and retorts sharply. The Duchess, acting as peacemaker, tells Dona Rodriguez to keep quiet. Then, turning to Sancho Panza, she tells him to calm down, since she will place Dapple’s comfort under her direct care. This, then, is how the Duchess calms tensions between Sancho Panza and Donna Rodriguez.
Donna Rodriguez Analyzes The Relationship Between Duenna’s (Like herself) And Squires (Like Sancho Panza): Donna Rodriquez says that squires, like Sancho Panza, have always been the natural enemies of Doyennes because they “spend their time in Doyenne’s antechambers, digging out the skeletons in their closets,” spreading gossip that buries their good names and tarnishes their high standing, instead of “spending their time praying, as they should.” As far as Donna Rodriguez is concerned, squires, like Sancho Panza, should learn to tolerate Duennas, since they are going to live on in the world in the houses of top-class people, even if they are elderly spinsters, with delicate bodies, wearing black habits like nuns.
Donna Rodriguez Expresses Her Opinion About Sancho Panza’s Governorship: When Sancho Panza says to the Duchess that it is better for his health to be a poor farmer of good conscience than a rich governor of bad intention, Donna Rodriquez echoes his resolve by telling him a story of a “King named Rodrigo who was eaten alive by vermin, in a tomb full of toads and snakes,” for leading his people badly. Then, Donna Rodriguez suggests that it is better that Sancho Panza remains “an alive farmer, rather than a dead King.”
Sancho Panza and the Grave Churchman: A Squire Can’t Stand an Intolerant Prelate
Taking offense at the Grave Churchman’s harsh personal insults, Sancho Panza says that if he “denies, as he does deny, that chivalry ever existed, or has existed, it is not surprising that he does not know what he is talking about.” What’s more, Sancho Panza says that if Amadis of Gaul, or any of his infinite progeny, had heard him say such a thing they’d have taken their swords and split him open from top to toe like a pomegranate.
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Originally posted 2019-12-31 03:23:59.