Part 1, Chapter 4 Summary

What Befell the Knight After He Had Left the Inn

Don Quixote is thrilled to be riding forth as a true knight, and he is determined to equip himself as the innkeeper recommended; he is going back home to seek a squire and provision himself with the other things necessary for knights-errant. On the way, Quixote hears an “effeminate voice complaining in a thicket” on his right. Quixote knows this is his first opportunity to help someone in distress.

As fast as Rozinante can carry him, Quixote rides to the source of the sound and discovers a teenage boy, naked to the waist, being whipped by a large country man. The boy is crying out that he will never again steal anything from his master,...

(The entire section is 725 words.)