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Timeline of Events

  • Early 17th century

    Alonso Quixano deems himself a knight-errant, names himself Don Quixote, and sets out for adventure.

    Part 1, Chapter 1
  • 2 days later

    Don Quixote returns home. Pero Perez and Master Nicolas burn most of his chivalric romance novels.

    Part 1, Chapter 6
  • 15 days later

    Don Quixote and Sancho Panza embark on another adventure. Don Quixote mistakes windmills for giants.

    Part 1, Chapter 7
  • 6 weeks later

    Pero Perez and Master Nicolas trick Don Quixote into getting into a cage so he can be carried home.

    Part 1, Chapter 47
  • 38 days later

    Don Quixote and Sancho Panza leave home for a third adventure, stopping first at Toboso to visit Dulcinea.

    Part 2, Chapter 7
  • 4 days later

    Don Quixote battles the Knight of the Mirrors, a disguised Samson Carrasco, and wins.

    Part 2, Chapter 14
  • 3 weeks later

    Don Quixote and Sancho Panza are invited to stay at the Duke and Duchess's castle.

    Part 2, Chapter 30
  • 8 days later

    Sancho Panza goes to Barataria Island to begin his governorship. He returns 10 days later.

    Part 2, Chapter 44
  • 2 weeks later

    The Knight of the White Moon defeats Don Quixote, who must give up knight-errantry for one year.

    Part 2, Chapter 64
  • 3 weeks later

    Don Quixote, now at home, becomes ill and renounces knight-errantry. He dies the next day.

    Part 2, Chapter 74

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Part 1, Prologue Cervantes introduces Don Quixote with a prologue about how difficult it is to write prologues. Unlike other authors of t... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 1 Alonso Quixano, a Spanish gentleman nearing the age of 50, has too much time and too many books. He delights in romantic... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 2–3 Don Quixote leaves home astride Rocinante before remembering that he's not actually a real knight. He vows to "have hi... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 4 Don Quixote heads home for clean shirts, money, and a squire. He sees Andrés tied to a tree, being whipped by his employ... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 5–6 A farmer from Don Quixote's hometown puts the Don on the back of his donkey and brings him home. When they arrive, his... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 7–8 The priest and the barber-surgeon build a wall over the doorway to Don Quixote's library while he sleeps. They instruc... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 9–11 There is a break in the action while the narrator hypothesizes about why the rest of the story is missing. He describe... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 12–14 A young goatherd shares a story he heard about a "student-shepherd" named Grisóstomo who died of a broken heart that v... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 15–17 Don Quixote and Sancho Panza take a break from their search for Marcela. Rocinante spies some female ponies and decide... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 18–20 The Don mistakes herds of sheep for two battling armies and joins the fray. Angry shepherds throw rocks and candied al... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 21–22 Don Quixote spies a man in the distance wearing what he thinks is Mambrino's golden helmet, which he has been trying t... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 23–25 Sancho Panza is sure the police will be looking for the escaped criminals and suggests they flee to the Sierra Morena ... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 26–27 Don Quixote tromps around the woods writing sad poetry and commending himself to God. Meanwhile, Sancho Panza stops at... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 28–29 Pero Perez, Cardenio, and Master Nicolas meet a young woman disguised as a boy. Dorotea is the farmer's daughter whom ... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 30–31 Dorotea spins a story about her kingdom and the giant intent on preventing her rule. Don Quixote swears he will accomp... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 32 Don Quixote immediately falls asleep upon arriving at Juan Palomeque's inn for the second time. Everyone else has dinner... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 33–35 The Story of the Man Who Couldn't Keep from Prying is about two best friends, Anselmo and Lothario, and Anselmo's wife... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 36–38 Four men wearing black traveling masks and a woman dressed all in white show up at the inn. It turns out to be Luscind... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 39–41 Ruy Pérez de Viedma tells his story. He left home 22 years ago and joined the Spanish army, per his father's request t... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 42–43 A judge and his daughter arrive at the inn. It turns out that the judge is Ruy Pérez de Viedma's brother, Juan Pérez d... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 44–46 The new arrivals are servants of Don Luis's father who have come to take the boy home. Don Luis tells the judge everyt... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 47–49 Sancho Panza tries to talk some sense into Don Quixote, but the lunatic knight is happy to be in the crate, explaining... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 50–52 Don Quixote argues that chivalric stories are so greatly detailed that they must be true. He spins an intricate tale o... Read More
Part 2, Dedication and Prologue The dedication is to Cervantes's benefactor and patron, the Count of Lemos. The prologue addresses the unauthorized publ... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 1–2 Pero Perez and Master Nicolas visit Don Quixote a month into his forced retirement. At first they tiptoe around anythi... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 3–4 Samson Carrasco arrives and tells master and squire about the book detailing their adventures. The Don thinks a book a... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 5–7 Sancho Panza goes home to talk to his wife. He tells her he's ready to go on Don Quixote's next adventure and promises... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 8–10 Don Quixote and Sancho Panza are back on the road, headed toward Toboso so the Don can get Dulcinea del Toboso's bless... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 11–13 Don Quixote and Sancho Panza come across a group of traveling actors. They are dressed like Death, Cupid, a queen, an ... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 14–15 Much to Don Quixote's surprise, the Knight of Mirrors boasts that he has already vanquished the famous Don Quixote. Do... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 16–18 Don Quixote is pleased with his victory over the Knight of the Mirrors, and sets his sights on disenchanting Dulcinea ... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 19–21 Don Quixote and Sancho Panza meet two university students who tell of the upcoming wedding of Quiteria the Beautiful a... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 22–24 Don Quixote and Sancho Panza stay with the newlyweds for three days. Don Quixote is happy for the reunited lovers, and... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 25–27 Don Quixote tracks down the man from the road and hears his story. The man comes from a village known for two men who ... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 28–29 Sancho Panza gets mad at Don Quixote for riding away when Sancho needed his help the most. They fight, and Sancho Panz... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 30–32 Sancho Panza is ready to turn around and go home when he and Don Quixote meet the Duke and Duchess, both of whom are d... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 33–35 The Duchess asks Sancho Panza to tell her how he was able to trick Don Quixote into believing that he had met with Dul... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 36–39 Sancho Panza shows the Duchess a letter he has written to his wife, and she scolds him for being so greedy. At lunch, ... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 40–41 Lady Dolorida tells Don Quixote and Sancho Panza about the magical wooden horse with a peg in its neck that will take ... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 42–44 Pleased with the success of their prank, the Duke tells Sancho Panza that his governorship will commence tomorrow. Don... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 45–48 Sancho Panza is welcomed to one of the Duke's cities, which he is told is called Barataria Island (though it isn't act... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 49–51 Sancho Panza tells his steward, the doctor, and his scribes about his plans for Barataria Island. He wants to "protect... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 52–55 Don Quixote is eager to leave the Duke and Duchess's castle and get back to the life of a true knight-errant. Before h... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 56–57 Don Quixote and Tosilos, the footman impersonating the farmer, are ready for battle. If Don Quixote wins, the farmer h... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 58–60 Don Quixote and Sancho Panza leave the castle. A few hours later, they find themselves tangled in green nets meant for... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 61–63 Don Quixote and Sancho Panza are escorted to Barcelona by Roque and a few of his men. Master and squire are greeted by... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 64–66 Don Quixote thinks he could do a better job rescuing Don Gregorio but he is forced to stay in Barcelona, where, a few ... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 67–70 Don Quixote and Sancho Panza arrive at the place where they were trampled by the bulls. Don Quixote decides that he, S... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 71–72 Don Quixote promises to pay Sancho Panza for finishing the 3,295 lashes necessary to restore Dulcinea del Toboso to he... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 73–74 Don Quixote sees bad omens everywhere when they enter the town, and Sancho Panza's comforts don't seem to help his spi... Read More
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