Don Quixote "I'll Turn Over A New Leaf"
by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

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"I'll Turn Over A New Leaf"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: When Don Quixote meets the Knight of the Wood, one of the 669 characters depicted in this novel mocking chivalry, the squires of the two knights also talk together. Both decide they are tired of the life of a squire. Sancho's new acquaintance suggests that they leave their masters and "jog home to our little cots where heaven will find us, if it be its will." Sancho voices his decision in a figure taken from the merchant who starts the account of each new customer on a new page:

. . . I intend . . . to wait on my master till we come to Saragosa, but then I'll turn over a new leaf.