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Summary Chapter 118

Don Quixote gazes at the spot where he had fallen in battle, not due to his own cowardice. Sancho advises patience in adversity, and a reminder that fortune is always a fickle mistress.

Don Quixote believes his over-confidence caused his fall. He did not consider that the weak Rocinante was no match for the powerful steed of the other knight. He caused his own downfall. However, he can still be considered a man of his word in keeping his promise to Knight of the White Moon. Therefore, he tells Sancho they are heading home.

Don Quixote's armor is on Dapple, and Sancho does not wish to travel all the way on foot. He suggests leaving the armor on some tree. Don Quixote agrees.

On the fifth day of traveling, they encounter some people at an inn enjoying a holiday. They decide that Don Quixote and Sancho can settle their wager. Don Quixote agrees to judge it best to his ability.

The men tell him that a fat man challenged a thin one to a race. To equalize their weight, he told the thin one to wear weights. Sancho answers that it isn't fair. He believes it would be better for the fat man to lose his weight until his weight equals his opponent's. The fat man, though, refuses to lose weight--so the men decide to have another wager that involves drinking.

Don Quixote and Sancho continue on their journey. They encounter Tosilos, who embraces them warmly. Don Quixote remarks that he was never disenchanted. Tosilos replies he was never enchanted to begin with. He wanted to marry the girl. As soon as Don Quixote left, though, the duke had him beaten for disobeying orders. Dona Rodriguez's daughter became a nun. Dona Rodriguez has returned to Castille. Tosilos has been sent to deliver letters to the viceroy.

Tosilos asks them to join him in a meal. Don Quixote refuses because he believes he is enchanted. Sancho takes him up on his offer. Don Quixote goes on ahead and waits for Sancho to join him.

Miguel de Cervantes