No. I or No. II?

25 May

I have a self-imposed public forum ban on a certain subject.  I really wish Cervantes would have made the same rule.  But alas, we face it again in Chapters XLVIII and XLIX.

ETA:  After reading the passage at the end of Chapter XLVIII aloud to my sister we began wondering if these are jokes or phrases that originated with DQ?  Were they around before Cervantes?  Were they inserted by the translator to replace colloquialisms that we wouldn’t understand?


Posted by on May 25, 2011 in Don Quixote


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9 responses to “No. I or No. II?

  1. Jeannette

    May 26, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    I had to look back to see what you meant. Good questions – to which I have no good answer. It would be rather appropriate if such phrases were “invented” by Cervantes…sort of “par for the course” for his writing.

    • Christina

      May 26, 2011 at 8:55 pm

      But your translator also used the terminology “Number One and Number Two?” Hmmm, this is looking like it might be original to Cervantes. Who knows Spanish and could research this really, really important literary detail for us?

      • Christine

        May 29, 2011 at 7:54 pm

        I tried to do a little online research. Um, I won’t be trying again.


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