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"Raise A Hue And Cry"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: "Hue," originally an imitative word, like "hoot," is the basis of Old French huer. Here it makes a couplet with "cry." Ben Jonson coupled them in the title of his masque The Hue and Cry after Cupid (1608). At this point in his adventures, Don Quixote is convinced that the galley slaves whom he has encountered deserve freedom. He attacks and unhorses their guard with the carbine, the prisoners turn on the others, Sancho releases Ginés Passamonte from his gyves, and all the prisoners take to their heels, afraid of the religious constabulary, the Holy Brotherhood, that keeps order on the roads of Spain. Cervantes narrates what happens next:

. . . Sancho, who was always for taking care of the main chance, was not at all pleased with this victory; for he guessed that the guards who had fled would raise a hue and cry, and soon be at their heels with the whole posse of the Holy Brotherhood. . . .