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In The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote De La Mancha Miguel de Cervantes contrasted the way that Sancho P governed his island to the way that the Duke and Duchess governed their land This theme was developed over the entirety of Part Two The first reference to government can be seen when the curate and barber visit Don Quixote who has been at home recuperating for a number of weeks They all make observations of statecraft and abuses and how they can be remedied or correcting this abuse condemning that one reforming one custom and banishing another page 375 In this conversation Cervantes compares them to Lycurgus and Solon both of whom were well known lawmakers from ancient civilizationsLater on in the second part of the novel the Duke and Duchess make Sancho the governor of his own island Their purpose for doing this seems to be solely for their own entertainment However Sancho took this task very seriously and he asked Don Quixote for advice concerning how he should best run his new government Topics that he explained to Sancho included fairness in administration appropriate behavior for himself and his wife pride in his lineage fear in God and most importantly to know thyself Don Quixote writes this all down for Sancho but he loses it and it eventually ends up in the hands of the Duke and Duchess Sancho took Don Quixotes advice and he used it wisely to guide him through an initiation that the Duke and Duchess had set up for him This consisted of three cases that he had to pass judgement on The first one dealt with a tailor and an unsatisfied customer The man who brought the cloth indirectly accused the tailor of cheating him out of fabric In response to this the tailor says that he will be able to make 5 caps out of the single piece of cloth However the customer was not happy when the
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