Don Quixote Part 1, Chapter 10 Summary
by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

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Part 1, Chapter 10 Summary

What Farther Befell Don Quixote With the Biscainer; and the Danger He Ran Among a Parcel of Yanguesians

After the beating, Sancho Panza finally gets slowly up and, seeing his master in a fight, begins to pray. He prays Quixote will be victorious, win an island, and appoint Panza governor of it as he promised. When it is clear the battle is over, Panza runs to help his master; however, before the knight can speak, his squire begs him to grant him the governorship of the island he won in this bloody battle.

Patiently Quixote explains that there are few spoils to be had in these kinds of battles and to be patient. Panza thanks Quixote and helps him mount Rozinante before leaping on his own donkey; Quixote has galloped quickly into the woods and Panza struggles to follow. Finally he shouts for his master to slow down, and Quixote gives Panza “leisure to overtake him.” The squire fearfully suggests they should hide in a church to avoid any retribution by the defeated squire.

Quixote quickly tells his squire to be silent, that he has never read of a knight-errant who was punished for any acts he committed in valor. He asks his squire if he really thinks there is any other knight in the world who equals Quixote in valor, either now or in history. Panza assures him he can think of no one who has ever showed “more resolution to undertake, more vigour to attack, more breath to hold out, more dexterity and activity to strike, and more art and force to overthrow his enemies. No one in the world is like Don Quixote de la Mancha.

The squire pulls out a few medical supplies to dress his master’s bloody ear. This prompts Quixote to lament that he could have prepared a most amazing elixir before leaving if he had thought about it, made from a recipe he read about and memorized from one of his books. If he had that elixir, he would have given it to his squire so that, when some part of him were cleaved in two, Panza could use a few drops of the potion to heal him completely and immediately. Panza says he will forego being governor of an island if he can have that recipe and make a nice living selling it.

The elixir does not cost much to make, so Panza suggests Quixote teach him how to make it. When the distraught knight sees the damage his opponent did to his helmet, he raises his sword to heaven and makes a great (lengthy), passionate vow to avenge himself for the great wrong done to him. He adds a list of dire things he will do (or refrain from doing) until he gets his revenge. Panza is horrified at such foreboding and serious vows and asks Quixote to...

(The entire section is 724 words.)