Don Quixote "A Peck Of Trouble"
by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

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"A Peck Of Trouble"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: Apologizing for not coming to the help of his squire while Sancho was being tossed in a blanket, Don Quixote explains that he was enchanted and could not get over the wall, and that the inhabitants of the castle were spirits of the other world. Sancho replies that they were as much flesh and blood as he is and that the wise thing would be to "jog home and look after our harvest." He adds:

. . . 'tis as plain as the nose in a man's face, that these same adventures which we hunt for up and down, are like to bring us at last into a peck of troubles, and such a plaguy deal of mischief, that we shan't be able to set one foot afore t'other.