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It is difficult to read more than one or two pages of Don Quijote de la Mancha without coming across an example of the union or conflict between the extraordinary and the mundane Indeed Cervantes uses this juxtaposition repeatedly as his principal comic device generally at the expense of poor mad Don Quijote whose overzealous perception of the ordinary world around him drives the novel At the same time the squire Sancho Panza consistently comes down on the side of reality - but only when immediately faced with the obvious error of his masters sensory perception of the world That is Sancho accepts and even appears enthralled by Quijotes eloquent description of the chivalric life but when faced with either the absurdity or potential peril of action according to the knightly code he turns back to what he knows the safe everyday world with which he is familiar As we will see this schema becomes especially apparent in the contiguity of and seeming discontinuity between Chapters 20 and 21 These two chapters seem to run in opposite directions while Sancho dominates the first with his aborted story and his secretive defecation Quijote takes over the second with his excitement at Mambrinos helmet and his high-minded narration of the knights life Yet these ostensibly incongruent aspects of the chapters do fit together in the manner outlined above when seen in light of the adventure of the fulling-mill in Chapter 20 It all starts with an unknown noise in the night which sparks a battle between our two heroes for the supremacy of interpretation Don Quijote and Sancho respond to the noise in characteristically opposing ways Excitement rushes into the heart of the knight who considers the eerie noise a prime opportunity for him to demonstrate his honor Yo soy aquel para quien estn guardados los peligros las grandes hazaas los valerosos hechos p 179 Quijote sees such mysterious danger as his destiny and he repeatedly
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