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Summary Chapter 41

The renegarde starts sailing the ship near the garden. Though Moorish women cannot be seen by Moors, they are allowed to converse with Christian captives. The renegade has the traveller hire some rowers.

The traveller goes to the garden to meet Zoraida to give her an update. He meets her father. He tells the father he was sent by a friend to gather herbs for a salad. Zoraida comes up, heavily adorned in precious ornaments.

In a disguised conversation, the traveller relates all the information to Zoraida. Their conversation is interrupted by a servant telling the father that four Turks have jumped the walls to pick fruit. The father orders Zoraida inside the house.

Zoraida embraces the traveller. When her father returns, she pretends to faint.

Friday, they come to the garden at night. Zoraida comes down. The father awakens and cries out an alarm. They abduct him as well. Zoraida asks for her father and the other Moors to be freed. The renegade says it isn't a good idea because they would pursue them.

The sea is rough and causes them to alter their course. The father realizes that Zoraida willingly went with her captors. He flings himeslf overboard and half drowns himself before he is rescued.

They free the Moors and Zoraida's father on an uninhabited island. Zoraida's father denounces her, saying she is only converting because Christians are more immodest and free. He begs her to return, saying he'll forgive her.

The wind becomes favorable, but they encounter French pirates. The pirates sink their ship. They rescue them from the sea but rob them. They then give them a skiff, some food, water, and some money to Zoraida.

For a while, they get lost. They eventually come to a mountain. They come across a shepherd, who mistakes them for Moors and calls out an alarm. A group intercepts them. One of the captives is overjoyed to see his uncle among the group. The group is welcomed into town. Zoraida is relieved that their troubles are behind them. She visits the church.

The captives go their separate ways. The traveller and Zoraida journey to find his family. Though she is poorer, Zoraida bears everything joyfully and patiently, eager to become a Christian.

Miguel de Cervantes