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Sancho Panza gets carried away

Though it's been thirty years since I read it, there are certain passages of Cervantes' Don Quijote de la Mancha that stick in my mind to this day. Below is one where don Quijote gets fed up with all the sayings that Sancho uses.





“That’s exactly what I mean,” said don Quixote, “you insert, string together, and pile up proverbs. No one can stop you! «My mother punishes me and I make fun of her!» I’m trying to tell you to stop using proverbs and in an instant you’ve tossed out a long list of them that fit into what we’re talking about as well as "over the hills of Úbeda". Look, Sancho, I’m not saying that an appropriate proverb isn’t a good thing. But to heap and string proverbs together willy-nilly makes for a dull and coarse conversation.

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