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An Ideal

February 6, 2007

Everything that comes out of Don Quixote’s mouth, especially when he is praising his lady Dulcina of Toboso, is hilarious, but I found this to be especially so. Acting as night-watch outside of the inn (which he takes to be a castle), our lonely knight errant sighs deeply and cries to himself:

Oh, Senora Dulcinea of Toboso, pinnacle of all beauty, summit and crest of discernment, archive of grace and wit, depository of virtue, and, finally, idea of all goodness, modesty, and joy in the world!

— from the Edith Grossman translation, pp. 378-79

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