Part 1, Chapter 21 Summary

Of the High Adventure and Conquest of Mambrino’s Helmet, With Other Events Relating to Our Invincible Knight

It is raining, but Quixote is ashamed and will not seek shelter; instead he starts riding and soon espies a horseman wearing something glittering with gold on his head. This, says Quixote, will be a true adventure, as the rider is obviously wearing Mambrino’s helmet. Panza sees only a rider wearing something shiny on his head, but he does not confront his master for fear of being beaten.

The stranger is a barber riding a grey donkey and wearing a brass bowl on his head, but Quixote sees a knight on a grey steed wearing the famous helmet. The knight-errant positions his lance and...

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