Part 1, Chapter 11 Summary

What Passed Between Don Quixote and the Goatherd

The goatherds receive the knight graciously, and Panza makes his way to a kettle of boiling meat after he cares for the horses. The goatherds spread their rustic meal on some sheepskins on the ground and invite their guests to join them. Quixote sits on an upside-down trough and Panza stands behind his master to serve him as needed; however, the knight wants to demonstrate to Panza that even the lowest servant can be esteemed and honored by the world and asks Panza to sit next to him and eat from the same dishes as Quixote.

Panza is thankful for the offer but says he would enjoy his meal more if he were standing by himself rather than sitting...

(The entire section is 571 words.)