January 28, 2023

Teresa Panza and Sancho Panza

Money Making: Teresa Panza wants to know what Sancho Panza has earned by squiring when she says “now tell me, husband, what have you got out of all of don quixote books this squiring of yours? How many fine skirts have you brought back for me? How many pairs of shoes [have you gathered] for your children?” Since Teresa Panza believes that “squire errants don’t get their bread for nothing, [she encourages Sancho Panza to] bring some money home.” This is why Sancho Panza says that “as soon as he’s put in control [of an island governorship he’ll] send [her] money.” Sancho Panza makes it clear to Sanson Carrasco that his “wife’s putting up with [his] going along all those highways and byways serving Don Quixote,” to Don Quixote Novel bring home money. That is why Sancho Panza asks “what happened to the hundred escudos” that he found in Cardenio’s pack saddle because “if after all that time he comes home penniless and donkeyless [he’d] have been in for it.” Thus, for the “well-being of [his] person, wife and children, [he] lays out those [gold] escudos.” Later, Sancho Panza tells Teresa Panza that even though he has not found “‘another travelling bag with a hundred escudos inside it, like the previous one, it’ll all come out in the wash when [he is] governor.’” Thus, Sancho Panza assures Teresa Panza that “‘one way or another [she’s] going to have riches and good fortune.” Towards the end of the Don Quixote Novel story Sancho Panza is happy to announce that he has “brought some money back with [him], and that’s what counts, and [he’s] earned it with [his] own wiles, not doing harm to anyone.” Made happy by this monetary declaration, Teresa Panza says that “so long as [he’s] brought some money back,” everything will be fine between them. During Sancho Panza’s governorship of Barataria, Teresa Panza asks the Duchesse’s page to “tell [her] husband to send [her] a bit of money, a good fair bit, [because] everything’s dear in the capital—a loaf [of bread] costs a real, and meat 30 Marvedis a pound, and if he doesn’t want [her] to go, [the page should] tell [her] so in good time.”

Teresa Panza and Sancho Panza
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Miss Each Other: Several times in the book Teresa Panza says she misses Sancho Panza. For example, on page 473, Teresa Panza says she’d “love to cheer up this heart of [her’s] that’s been so sad and out of sorts all these ages that [Sancho Panza’s] been away.” Three hundred and fifty one pages later, Teresa Panza tells her daughter that “she’s very sad because she hasn’t had word from [her] father for ever so long.” Sancho Panza, for his part, often talks about returning to his village to see Teresa Panza because his “‘wife’s waiting for [him at] home.” Indeed, Sancho Panza often expresses affection for Teresa Panza: like, when he says that Teresa Panza is his “better half, by which [he] means [that he] loves Teresa Panza more than the lashes over [his] eyes.”

Why Sancho Panza Leaves Teresa Panza: Sancho Panza declares to Teresa Panza that he travels in Spain as a squire errant because “there’s nothing better in life than being an honest man who’s the squire of a knight errant who goes in search of adventures.” This is why Sancho Panza explains to Teresa Panza that he is “happy because [he’s] made up [his] mind to go back into service with [his] master Don Quixote, who’s riding off in search of adventures for a third time.” He, Sancho Panza says, is “going with [Don Quixote] again, because [his] needs force [him] to, together with the happy hope of finding another hundred escudos like the one’s he’s spent, even though [he is] sad at leaving [her] and the children.” To develop this point, Sancho Panza tells Teresa Panza that he’d almost rather eat safe and sound here at home [with her] without dragging along all those highways and byways” of Spain. But, continues Sancho Panza, his “happiness is firmer and sounder [out adventure questing; though it] “is mixed with sadness at [the prospect of] leaving [her].”

Sancho Panza’s Instructions to Teresa Panza: Before Sancho Panza leaves home he tells Teresa Panza to “cosset the Dun, [and] give it double rations, so it is ready to take up arms.”

Sancho Panza and Teresa Panza Talk About His Island Governorship: When Sancho Panza tells Teresa Panza that he “expects to be in control of an island,” before very long, Teresa Panza tells him that “if [he does] find himself in control of an island [to not] forget about [her] and the children.” In final parting, Teresa Panza tells Sancho Panza “to go off to be a governor of an island.”

Sancho Panza’s Loves Teresa Panza: Sancho Panza tells us that since Teresa Panza is “a good old soul, if she wasn’t so jealous [he] wouldn’t swop her for the giantess Andandona herself.”

Sancho Panza Corrects Teresa Panza’s Speech: Taking cue from Don Quixote, Sancho Panza corrects Teresa Panza’s linguistic mistakes, like when he says that “Resolved is the word wife, not revolved.” In reply, Teresa Panza says she just “doesn’t understand [her], husband [and that he should] stop making [her] head spin with all [his] highfalutin palaver.” What’s more, Teresa Panza tells Sancho Panza to “not go picking quarrels with [her] because [she] doesn’t believe in making things more complicated then [they] already are.”

Sancho Panza and Teresa Panza Discuss Social Stations: Teresa Panza wants Sancho Panza to “stick to [his] own station [and not] be looking to get above [himself, while Sancho Panza says that] it will be a good idea if [he] ends up in control of something worthwhile that will pull [them] out of the mire?” Teresa Panza, on the one hand, has “always been in favour of equality, and can’t stand people getting above themselves for no good reason, [while Sancho Panza, on the other hand, believes that] if you don’t make the most of good fortune when it comes your way you can’t complain if it passes you by.” To elaborate on this point, Sancho Panza says that since “good fortune [is] knocking at [their] door it won’t do to shut it out.” Thus, they’d “better let [themselves] be blown along by the fair wind.” In short, Sancho Panza is ambitious, and wants to rise in society, while Teresa Panza is content with her peasant status.

Sancho Panza Reforms Teresa Panza: Due to their different outlooks on life, Sancho Panza agrees to seriously consider Don Quixote’s advice to “instruct and polish” his wife; or, better yet, to “find a better one, for all the gains made by an intelligent husband are often [off-set] by a foolish, boorish [spouse.]”

Teresa Panza Tells Sancho Panza That She Wants To Keep Her Birth Name: As a governor’s wife, Teresa Panza does not want to be called Donna because “Teresa she was christened, pure and simple, without any frills or flounces or titles stuck on the front, and Cascajo was [her] father’s name, and just because [she’s Sancho Panza’s] wife [and she’s] called Teresa Panza [she] ought to be called Teresa Cascajo” by rights. This is why Teresa Panza is “well content with [her] own name, without any Donnas piled on top of it to make it too heavy for [her] to carry.” What’s more, Teresa Panza doesn’t want people [thinking she is a] countess or a governor’s wife, [by a suggestive honorific].”

Teresa Panza Tells Sancho Panza She Is Concerned With Gossip: Basically, Teresa Panza wants to keep her birth name, and maintain her continuity of identity, because she is concerned that people “very soon would say: ‘Look what airs the slut’s giving herself now! Only yesterday she was busy spinning her tow from morning to night and she had to pull her skirt over her head when she went to mass for want of a veil, and there she goes today in her farthingale and her brooches and her fine airs as if we didn’t know who she is.” In sum, Teresa Panza tells Sancho Panza that she is reluctant to become a wealthy governess because “people hardly even glance at a poor man, but they have a good look at anyone who’s rich, and if he was once poor that sets off the gossiping and the nit-picking.”

Sancho Panza Explains To Teresa Panza How Upstarts Can Become Noble: Sancho Panza tells Teresa Panza not to worry about going from a humble peasant to a lofty governor’s wife because “when we see someone who’s smartly turned out and wearing fine clothes and with a train of servants, we seem to feel obliged to be respectful towards him, even though our memory at the same moment recalls to us some lowly condition in which we once saw him.” Thus, a person’s “character, [Sancho Panza explains] whether it was a matter of money or family, is a thing of the past and doesn’t exist anymore, because nothing exists except what we see in front of us. And if this person that fortune has pulled out of the snow of his pond to the height of prosperity is well-mannered, generous and polite to everyone, and doesn’t go trying to vie with people who have been noble for ages, then you can be sure, Teresa, that nobody’s going to remember what he used to be, but instead they’ll stand in awe of what he is.” All except “envious people, nobody’s good fortune is safe from them.”

Sancho Panza and Teresa Panza Discuss Marrying Their Daughter: In one conversation, Teresa Panza tells Sancho Panza that since their daughter “Maria-Sanchita Panza, won’t exactly die of grief if [they] find a husband for her, [since] she’s showing signs of being keen to get married, [he should find her] a poor husband [rather] than a rich lover.” In reply, Sancho Panza says that “if God puts [him] in control of something worthwhile, [he’ll] marry off Mari-Sancha so high-up that nobody will be able to get within sniffing distance of her without calling her your ladyship.” In reply, Teresa Panza tells Sancho Panza that it would be wiser to “Marry her to someone who’s her equal.” Because “if [he] takes her out of her clogs and puts her into fine ladies shoes, and out of her skirt of grey-brown homespun and into a farthingale and bright silk petticoats, and turns her from ‘Marcia’ and plain ‘You’ into ‘Dona’ and ‘Your Ladyship,’ the poor girl won’t know where she is, and she’ll put her foot in it with every step she takes, and keep showing her true colors—which are humble grey and brown.” Greatly upset, Sancho Panza tells Teresa Panza: “Enough of that, you silly woman, all [our daughter] needs is two or three years practice, and then grand and grave manners will fit her like a glove—and if they don’t, who cares? She’ll be her ladyship, and nothing will alter that.” Evidently, Teresa Panza wants her daughter, Sanchica Panza, to marry her social equal while Sancho Panza wants his daughter to marry an Earl. This is why Teresa Panza tells Sancho Panza to “leave [it to her] to see to her [daughter’s] marriage.” Playing matchmaker, Teresa Panza says “there’s Lope Tocho [or] Juan Tocho’s son, a strapping healthy lad, and one we know, and I’m sure he fancies [our daughter], and he’s our equal, and will make a good husband for her, and we’ll always have her under our eye and we’ll all be as one, parents and children, grandchildren and sons-in-law, so don’t you go marrying her at those courts and grand palaces of yours where nobody will understand her and she won’t know what she is doing.” Unmoved, Sancho Panza asks: “Why on earth [Teresa Panza] has taken it into her head, without rhyme or reason, to try and stop [him] from marrying [his] daughter to someone who’ll give [him] grandchildren who’ll be called your lordship?” Sancho Panza continues that Teresa Panza “is turning her back on good fortune by stringing all that nonsense together without rhyme or reason, because if [he] was telling [his] daughter to throw herself off some tower [she’d] be right not to go along with him.” Instead Sancho Panza says that “in a twinkling of an eye he’ll stick a Dona and a ladyship on top of [their daughter’s name] and fetch her out of the stubble-fields and put her under an awning on a platform.” Sancho Panza, in fact, questions “why on earth [Teresa Panza] won’t agree and fall in with [his] wishes?” In reply, Teresa Panza says that it would be “a fine thing to marry [her] daughter to a high and mighty earl or some other fine gentlemen who when the fancy took him would drag her through the mud and call her peasant’s wench and clodhopper’s daughter and towspinner’s brat!” Over my dead Don Quixote Narrative — The Most serious Earthquake inside the U.S. Took Proclaim in California body, [Teresa Panza tells her] husband! Do you think I have raised [our daughter] for [that type of abuse]?” Teresa Panza continues, that the day she “sees her [daughter] married to an earl is the day [she’ll] start digging her grave.” Then, Teresa Panza tells Sancho Panza to “go off, to be a [governor of] an island, and give himself all the airs [he] likes—but [she] swears that [she and her] daughter aren’t go to budge one inch from this village [because a] woman’s place is in the home, and a modest maid’s finest fiesta is a job well done.” (518). After Sancho Panza tells his wife that “Sanchica’s going to marry an earl, whatever [she] says, and that’s that, [Teresa Panza tells him to] go ahead and make her [daughter] a duchess or a princess if [he] pleases, without [her] goodwill or consent, [because she is] afraid [her] daughter’s earldom is going to be her undoing.”

Teresa Panza Wants Sancho Panza To Train Their Son To Be a Governor: Evidently, Teresa Panza wants Sancho Panza to prepare Sanchico Panza for government by saying that “if [he is] so set on being in control of an island, [he] should take [his] son Sanchico with [him], to start teaching him to be in control too, because it’s a good idea for a son to learn and inherit his father’s trade.” In reply, Sancho Panza says that “just as soon as [he’s] put in control [of Barataria he’ll] send for [Sanchico] post-haste, [when he is able to].”

Sancho Panza Sends Teresa Panza A Letter and a Bundle Of Clothes When He Becomes Governor: “The Duchess [of Aragon] dispatches [her] page to Teresa Panza [to deliver] her husband’s letter, another from the Duchess herself, a long string of fine corals as a present, and [a] bundle of clothes he’d left to be sent to her.”

Sancho Panza Keeps Tabs on Teresa Panza: In an inn near Barcelona, Sancho Panza asks a roving puppeteer what his “wife, Teresa Panza’s, doing at the moment—[that is what] she [is] up to?” In reply, Master Pedro says to “be of good cheer, for [his] worthy wife Teresa is well, Don Quixote Fiction Don  and at the moment she is carding a pound of flax, and furthermore on her left side she has a jug with a broken rim holding a tidy drop of wine, to keep her spirits up as she works.” Sancho Panza, in turn, “believes that [this response is] right because she is a good old soul.” Later, Don Antonio’s magical bust predicts that Sancho Panza “will govern in [his] own house, [therefore he should] back to see [his] wife and children.”

Sancho Panza is Happy With Teresa Panza’s Treatment of the Duchess: Sancho Panza is “glad to see [that] Teresa [Panza] behaved herself [so well by sending] those acorns to the Duchess, because if she hadn’t [he’d] have been put out and she’d have shown herself to be ungrateful.”

Sancho Panza’s Relationship with Teresa Panza When He Is Governor: When Sancho Panza is governor, he asks his steward to “tell [the Duchess] to not forget to send a messenger with [his] letter and [his] bundle to [his] wife Teresa Panza [and] to pay to have [her return] letter brought [to him,] because [he] longs to know how things are with [his] house, wife, and children.” Later, Don Quixote Narrative when “a page arrives at the Panza house, he asks Sanchica to [take] him to [her] mother because [he] brings a letter and a present from [her] father.” The “excellence of the corals and the hunting outfit that Sancho [had] sent” cheers Teresa Panza so much that she has “an altar boy pen a letter to her husband.” In her letter, Teresa Panza calls Sancho Panza “her dearest.” Then she expresses her “sudden joy [and] sheer bliss, when [she] heard [he is a] governor.” In this letter, Teresa Panza also writes that “his daughter Sanchita was so happy” that he was made governor. Teresa Panza ends her letter by asking Sancho Panza to “send [her] a few strings of pearls, if people wear pearls on [his] island.”


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Originally posted 2019-12-30 02:26:14.