Don Quixote "He Would Not Budge An Inch"
by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

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"He Would Not Budge An Inch"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: "Budge" comes from the Latin bullire, to boil, through Old French, where it meant "to make any sort of movement." The Duke and the Duchess, planning a "notable contrivance to make sport with Don Quixote," arrange to have a parade of enchanters to bring instructions for the disenchantment of Dulcinea. Frightening costumes, lights, and fireworks terrify Sancho until he hears music:

". . . My lady," (quoth he to the Duchess, from whom he would not budge an inch) "there can be no mischief sure where there is music."