Don Quixote "Let The Worst Come To The Worst"
by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

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"Let The Worst Come To The Worst"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: Riding through the darkness, Don Quixote sees a mysterious procession of horsemen in white, carrying torches. Sure it is a funeral cortege for some knight treacherously killed and needing to be avenged, he attacks, following their refusal to answer questions, only to learn he has impiously attacked a burial procession of a man dead of fever. His worst anticipation may turn out even worse. Worried over his sacrilege Don Quixote comforts himself by recalling an episode in the life of Spain's national hero, the eleventh century Cid.

. . . Well, let the worst come to the worst, I remember what befell the Cid Ruy-Dias when he broke to pieces the chair of a king's ambassador in the Pope's presence, for which he was excommunicated; which did not hinder the worthy Rodrigo de Vivar from behaving himself that day like a valorous knight and a man of honor.