44 of 365 "Tilting at Windmills"

Just then they came in sight of thirty or forty windmills that rise from that plain. And no sooner did Don Quixote see them that he said to his squire, "Fortune is guiding our affairs better than we ourselves could have wished. Do you see over yonder, friend Sancho, thirty or forty hulking giants? I intend to do battle with them and slay them. With their spoils we shall begin to be rich for this is a righteous war and the removal of so foul a brood from off the face of the earth is a service God will bless."

"What giants?" asked Sancho Panza.

"Those you see over there," replied his master, "with their long arms. Some of them have arms well nigh two leagues in length."

"Take care, sir," cried Sancho. "Those over there are not giants but windmills. Those things that seem to be their arms are sails which, when they are whirled around by the wind, turn the millstone."

From Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

3 comments:

Cristopher Lefavre said...

Someone once said that Don Quixote is a book you should spend a lifetime to read; finishing the last chapters at the end of your time in what we call RL....

I have to admit I have grave problems wading through it though; the sheer amount of crazy talk this knight manages to utter is simply overwhelming:-)

Really nice post and picture though!

Anonymous said...

And do we not all tilt at windmills at one time or another..... Thanks, Chestnut for reminding me of all the windmills I have charged at and tried to conquer even though others saw them only as windmills.....

Chestnut Rau said...

I know I do Anonymous. I expect most of us do. I am not at all sure that is a bad thing either