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of Latin, whilst attending the Duke at Salamanca, I have been appointed state physician to his governorship.
Man. The worst character you could have assumed to appear gracious in Sancho's eye; he has a mortal aversion to physicians and lawyers, since his beloved Dapple had like to have been killed by the quackery of, a horsedoctor, and he himself ruined by the knavery of a petty: logging attorney. I should not be surprized if he commence his government by issuing a proclamation for the extinction of both professions, sentencing the members of each to hang up and poison one another.
Ped. History says, the cackling of a goose saved a whole nation in antient times, and may again in modern, for aught we can tell to the contrary.
Man. These trumpets announce our new governor receiving bis commission in form. Come, pray let us see the ceremony.
Ped. By all means; I would not miss it to be appointed governor to an island in good earnest.
SCENE II. A grand Apartment in the Palace. The Duke, Duchess, Don Quixote, Sancho, Rod
RIGUEZ, and Attendants, discovered.
A pompous Flourish of Trumpets. Duke. Illustrious and renowned La Mancha, we hold ourselves much onour'd by your visit. Your resolution still to pursue high events, and add new laurels to your well-won fame, we must commend, however it afflicts us ;—and be assured, the choice we have made of your faithful 'Squire, to fill a post of honour, trust, and dignity, is chiefly owing to the high rank he has long held in your favour. Your patronage has raised him to our esteem and friendship.
Don Quixote. Your Grace is truly noble. My sense of all your many favours transcends the power of utter
I quit your territories, fill'd with sentiments of your grace, sublime and awful. My faithful Sancho, I
am well assured, will never forfeit that confidence your grace reposes in him: should he prove ingrate, no punishment would be severe enough for his desertsno power withhold my means to inflict it.
Duke. My worthy friend (to Sancho) proceed we now to your nomination.
Don Quix. That look, Sancho! is that a look fit for a governor? Hold up thy head for shame.--His joy, my lord, has so prest upon his spirits, his tongue is not yet at liberty.
Duke. Know all, we here have made our choice.Of Barataria* be thou governor, and thy commands be absolate.
Omnes. Long live the noble governor of Barataria. [Artillery discharged, drums and trumpets flourish,
whilst Sancho is invested with the ensigns of his new
appointment.] Duke. Into your hands we put your new commission, with our broad seal, which raises you to supreme authority over our islanders. [Gives him a roll of parch
[ment. Sancho. And good care your grace shall find I'll take of it; nobody shall steal this muffin from me [handling the seal.] I'll lay my seal up at night, and my robes also, where no thieves shall come at them.
Don Quix. Oh! fortunate Sancho! Oh! most happy. 'squire! I greet thee.
Duchess. And I.
Sancho. Ah truly, Sir, this sounds well indeed; there's no squeaking in this bagpipe; 'tis wonderful to think how merrily an ass will trip up hill that's laden with gold.
Don Quix. Art thou now satisfied that through my means thou hast at last obtained thy long-look’d-for government?
* BARATO, in Spanish, means cheap, so the name of the Island Sancho was to govern, was called Barataria, either because the town was called Baralario, or because he had obtained his gurers. wept very cheaply. See Don Quixote, Vol. II. cb, xlv.
Sancho. I am, Sir : Long-look'd-for come at last ;Better lute than never ;-He who is obstinate soon wears his coat threadbare ;- Folly may hinder a man of many a good turn. I beseech you, Sir, to pardon my proverbs, and thank the Duke there for his noble favour, which I do now resolve' to deserve, by filling my place as well as I can.
Duke. Have the chief citizens, and leading men of the island, notice of their new governor's approach?
Attendant. They have, my lord.
Duke. 'Tis well. Is there aught else, our much-beloved Sancho, in which myself, or the Duchess there, can honour thee?
Duchess. Any thing in my power the noble governor is sure he may command, unless it be to give him leave to salute my woman Rodriguez before he departs for his government.
Rodriguez. Salute me?I'd see his governorship hanged first.
Duke. Come, good words Rodriguez; there is a vast distinction now between you and Sancho; but to prevent that envy, and that insult, his sudden elevation may ex. cite, be it known, that henceforward, the commands of the noble Don Sancho be absolute as my own throughout all my dominions.
Duchess. Be it your care, Rodriguez, to see the squire is nobly treated.
Sancho. Thank your noblenesses—Then pray, mistress, since I find you have nothing to do, will you be so kind just to 'step yonder into the court-yard, and you'll find a dapple-grey ass—do so much as see they tend him as well as my master's horse, for 'tis a loving creature; I can't tend him myself by reason you see I have affairs here to mind.
Rod. Why, how now,jackanapes! know you whom you talk to :-take that-[strikes him] for your hers, if you were fifty times a governor.
San. A guard ! a guard! and bear her away to prison; I'll have her hanged for striking a governor.
Duke. Hold, great governor-We feel the indignity shewn to your person in as lively a manner as if it had been offered to our own.
Duch. And be assured this disrespect to us shall not go unpunished.
Duke. Yet, in consideration of the offending party's
San. Her sex! I wish your grace had felt her fisttake my word, you'd have had your doubts about her sex; do but look at it, 'tis shaped like a shoulder of mutton, and comes down like a mallet.
Duke. I say, in consideration of her sex, and that it is her first offence, we will not punish Rodriguez with that death which she 90 justly merits; but it is our high decree, that you instantly make proper concession to wipe off the base affront with which you have marked his countenance.
Sancho. No more wipes, or marks, I beseech your grace, from that lady, in the countenance; however, lest your grace should think me an ill-natured fellow, in consideration of Rodriguez's great age we forgive her.
Rod. I despise your forgiveness, Sirrah! upon any such terms; my great age! my great age, truly !
San. Whatever doubts the hardness of her fist made me entertain of her sex, are entirely removed-now I'm sure she's a woman, since, she had rather die than acknowledge herself an old one.
Duke. But come, friend Sancho, 'tis time you depart to take possession of your government; your subjects by this time expect you“.
Don Quix. Then, by all means, Sancho, be gone; that governor who would live happily himself-must first
study the happiness of his people. ;
San. I tell you what, master of mine; the best go, vernor that ever wore hair upon his chin, wo’n't some times be able to please his people; but I'll do the best I can; every man was n't born with a silver spoon in his mouth; but if, after all, nothing will do, why, I'll e’en
leave them to themselves, and wash my hands of the government.
Duke. If your hand, friend Sancho, when you retire from power, require a little cleaning, it will be no great wonder. Governors are men, as well as the governed : and we must expect faults on both sides, though there is no doing without government. So, wishing thee all health and tranquillity in thy island, most noble gover
[Exeunt Duke, Duchess and attendants :
trumpets flourish. Manent Don Quixote and SANCHO. Don Quix. I yet must be a minute with my friend, I'll follow your grace instantly.—At length, my faithful 'squire, I behold thy long services rewarded. Yet, ere I leave thee, attend to my admonitions, and I will be thy north star, to pilot thy bark, and steer it into the harbour of safety and honour. First, my Sancho
San. I beseech you, Sir, to speak slowly, that I may keep pace with you; you know my understanding was always more for the trot than the gallop-and I am but a chicken of a governor yet you know.
Don Quix. If thou wouldst make thyself a proper governor, be carefuf of thy morals.-If any one tells thee it is enough to hold a shew of morality before thee, like a skreen, that people may not pry too curiously into thy conduct and proceedings—tell them it is false : tell them thy actions ought to be, and shall be such as will bear the strictest scrutiny. Secondly, my Sancho
San. That firstly is a deep business. It goes to the bottom of things.
Don. Quix. Secondly, I say, a governor ought to have a nice and tender conscience; so very susceptible, a fly cannot buz near it without making him shrink.
San. It ought to sit tight and close to him, like a thimble upon the Duchess's finger; not as I have heard it sits sometimes, like a jockey's boot, that he can stretch which way he pleases.
Dor. Quix. Next, be sure not to forget thy original ;