Drawing of Don Quijote done in 1955 for Picasso

Vocabulary - Histories

Below you are going to read a small fragment of one of the adventures most known about the book “Don Quixotic ”: that of the windmills. He thinks about how to read aloud to practise and so that you could get accustomed with the sounds.

Of the good event that courageous don Quijote had in the frightening one and never fancied adventure of the windmills, with other events worthy of felice remembrance

In this, they discovered thirty or forty windmills that exist in that field, and as well as don Quijote saw them, said to his squire:

— The luck is guiding our things better than we were happening to wish; because you see there, friendly Sancho Panza, where there are discovered thirty or more excessive few ones giant, with whom I think to do battle and to take from all the lives, with whose remains we will begin to enrich, that this is a good war, and is a God's big service to remove so bad seed of on the face of the ground.

— What giants? Sancho Panza said.

Those that there you see — answered his owner — of the long arms, which usually have almost two leagues some.

— Look at your favor — answered Sancho — that those that there look alike are not giant, but windmills, and what in them there look like arms there are the sails, which, turned over of wind, make walk the millstone.

— Well it seems — answered don Quijote — that you are not studied in this of the adventures: they are giant; and if you are afraid come out hence, and put in prayer in the space that I am going to bring in with them in fierce and unequal battle.

And, saying this, it gave of spurs to his horse Nag, without attending on the voices that his squire Sancho was giving to him, warning him that undoubtedly were windmills, and not giants, those that it was going to attack. But he was so put in that they were giant, that neither heard the voices of his squire Sancho, he was not even beginning of seeing, although it was already well close, what there were, earlier was saying in high voices:

— Odd number fuyades, cowardly and vile creatures, that riding only one is the one that attacks you.

Little wind got up in this, and the big sails began to move, which seen by don Quijote, he said:

— So although you move more arms than those of the giant Briareo, you have to pay it to me.

And in saying this, and entrusting to itself of any heart to his missis Dulcinea, asking him in such a situation to help him, covered good of his round shield, with the spear in the rest, it rushed forward to the whole Nag gallop and assaulted with the first mill that was ahead; and giving him a lance thrust in the sail, the wind turned it with so many fury, who did the spear pieces, taking after himself to the horse and to the gentleman, who was rolling very injured about the field. There came Sancho Panza to help him, to everything running of his donkey, and when it came found that it was not possible to wiggle: such was the blow that gave with him Nag.

Her me go God! — said Sancho—. Did not I say to him to your favor that I should look well at what it was doing, which there were no but windmills, and could not ignore it but the one who was taking such others in the head?

— He is quiet, friendly Sancho — answered don Quijote — that the things of the war most that others are subject to continuous change; the more, that I think, and there is like that truth, which that wise person Frestón who stole from me the room and the books has turned these giants in mills, for taking the glory of his expiration from me: such is the blood feud that has me; more to the end to the end his trickery has to can little against the kindness of my sword.

— God does it as it can — Sancho Panza answered.


Fallen into disuse adjective. Today he writes himself happily, that causes happiness.

Machine or installation to grind, that makes use of the prime mover of the wind, which impulse receives in canvases stretched on big sails placed in the exterior part of the building.

Page or servant who was taking the shield to the gentleman when this one was not using it.

acted violently
Excessive or big in excess

Scraps or residues

Seed. Grain that in diverse forms produces the plants and that, on having fallen down or to be sowed, produces new plants of the same species.

Face or face. Surface or external side of something.

Imaginary personage of enormous height.

For Don Quijote, the mill was a giant, and the sail, his arms.

Exterior device of the windmill, which looks like a cross.

Practical, experienced.

Arduous, extremely dangerous.

it gave of spurs
To sting to a knighthood so that it walks.

to begin of seeing
To notice, to repair, to warn.

Do not flee; Don Quijote recaptures the archaic language, on having returned to the chivalrous adventure.

Brother of the Titanium, son of Uranus and the Earth, which was opposed to Jupiter; according to the mythology it was possessing hundred arms and fifty heads with mouths that were throwing flames: the idea of horrible threat becomes this way present.

round shield
small and round shield to protect the breast on having fought against the sword.

Ill-treated, in the bad physical or moral state.

Cost me God
Expression that is used to express surprise, admiration or grief.

to the end to the end
At the end of everything; after everything, finally.

Means or reprehensible procedures of those that someone costs himself to obtain some end.

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