Part 1, Chapter 12 Summary

The Story Which a Young Goatherd Told to Those That Were With Don Quixote

The young fellow who brings the goatherds provisions from the next village brings the news that Chrysostom, a shepherd and scholar, died this morning. It is said he died from his love for a “devilish, untoward lass” named Marcella, who flaunts herself in shepherdess clothing. Even worse, Chrysostom’s will states that he should be buried in the field, on the exact spot, where he first saw Marcella. The other wishes of the dead man are so odd that they will not be allowed by the parish, but a scholar named Ambrose (who also dresses like a shepherd) intends to carry out his friend’s wishes.

The town is in an...

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