Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Cave of Montesinos

Part of my ongoing Don Quixote series (my favorite book). This is the Cave of Montesinos episode (Book Two, Chapter 23), one of the more surreal scenes in the novel.

In this chapter, Quixote bravely descends alone into a magical cave in which he finds a crystal palace housing an undead knight and a Moorish lady who safeguards his mummified heart. Among other bizarre things. Is it all a dream? Maybe.

In the entire chapter, the undead knight utters only one sentence: "Patience, and shuffle the cards." I've always loved that cryptic line.

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