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Don Quixote is a middle-aged gentleman of La Mancha who reads one too many books of chivalry and decides to become a knight He polishes an old suit of armor takes a peasant named Sancho Panza as his squire and sets out into the world to do good deeds in the name of his love Dulcinea To the concern of friends from his village he has dozens of hapless adventures he rescues prisoners defends the weak and reunites old loves He also battles enemy knights and soldiers His only problem is that he often gets things wrong mistaking strangers for enemies falling off his horse and being beaten senseless by mule-drivers He blames every failure on the magic of an evil enchanter he believes to be his nemesisEverywhere he goes Don Quixote sees the everyday as the legendary he confuses inns for castles windmills for giants and prostitutes for princesses These misinterpretations often make him the center of other peoples jokes a duke and a duchess play tricks on him even Sancho and his friends the barber and the priest try to fool him for his own good from time to time But just as often Don Quixotes vision of the world asserts itself in the lives of those around him and those who begin by mocking him end by following his example A young student named Sampson Carrasco first poses as the Knight of Mirrors and does battle with Don Quixote as a jest but when he loses he dedicates himself to revenge and becomes the Knight of the White Moon who will finally end the great heros careerDon Quixote travels throughout Spain from La Mancha and the Sierra Morena to Barcelona stopping at countless inns and villages along the way He befriends goatherds and gentlemen and his story is written as a history The knight is sometimes triumphant as in the battle with the Knight of Mirrors and sometimes ridiculous helplessly trampled
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