Don Quijote de La Mancha, I



Don Quixote of La Mancha, I


I. Capítulo XLII. Que trata de lo que más sucedió en la venta y de otras muchas cosas dignas de saberse.

Chapter XLII. Which treats of what further took place in the inn, and of several other things worth knowing

Calló, en diciendo esto, el cautivo, a quien don Fernando dijo. With these words the captive held his peace, and Don Fernando said to him,
-Por cierto, señor capitán, el modo con que habéis contado este estraño suceso ha sido tal, que iguala a la novedad y estrañeza del mesmo caso. Todo es peregrino y raro, y lleno de accidentes que maravillan y suspenden a quien los oye; y es de tal manera el gusto que hemos recebido en escuchalle, que, aunque nos hallara el día de mañana entretenidos en el mesmo cuento, holgáramos que de nuevo se comenzara. "In truth, captain, the manner in which you have related this remarkable adventure has been such as befitted the novelty and strangeness of the matter. The whole story is curious and uncommon, and abounds with incidents that fill the hearers with wonder and astonishment; and so great is the pleasure we have found in listening to it that we should be glad if it were to begin again, even though to-morrow were to find us still occupied with the same tale."
Y, en diciendo esto, don Fernando y todos los demás se le ofrecieron, con todo lo a ellos posible para servirle, con palabras y razones tan amorosas y tan verdaderas que el capitán se tuvo por bien satisfecho de sus voluntades. Especialmente, le ofreció don Fernando que si quería volverse con él, que él haría que el marqués, su hermano, fuese padrino del bautismo de Zoraida, y que él, por su parte, le acomodaría de manera que pudiese entrar en su tierra con el autoridad y cómodo que a su persona se debía. Todo lo agradeció cortesísimamente el cautivo, pero no quiso acetar ninguno de sus liberales ofrecimientos. And while he said this Cardenio and the rest of them offered to be of service to him in any way that lay in their power, and in words and language so kindly and sincere that the captain was much gratified by their good-will. In particular Don Fernando offered, if he would go back with him, to get his brother the marquis to become godfather at the baptism of Zoraida, and on his own part to provide him with the means of making his appearance in his own country with the credit and comfort he was entitled to. For all this the captive returned thanks very courteously, although he would not accept any of their generous offers.
En esto, llegaba ya la noche , y, al cerrar della, llegó a la venta un coche, con algunos hombres de a caballo. Pidieron posada; a quien la ventera respondió que no había en toda la venta un palmo desocupado. By this time night closed in, and as it did, there came up to the inn a coach attended by some men on horseback, who demanded accommodation; to which the landlady replied that there was not a hand's breadth of the whole inn unoccupied.
-Pues, aunque eso sea -dijo uno de los de a caballo que habían entrado-, no ha de faltar para el señor oidor que aquí viene. "Still, for all that," said one of those who had entered on horseback, "room must be found for his lordship the Judge here."
A este nombre se turbó la güéspeda, y dijo. At this name the landlady was taken aback, and said,
-Señor, lo que en ello hay es que no tengo camas: si es que su merced del señor oidor la trae, que sí debe de traer, entre en buen hora, que yo y mi marido nos saldremos de nuestro aposento por acomodar a su merced. "Senor, the fact is I have no beds; but if his lordship the Judge carries one with him, as no doubt he does, let him come in and welcome; for my husband and I will give up our room to accommodate his worship."
-Sea en buen hora -dijo el escudero. "Very good, so be it," said the squire;
Pero, a este tiempo, ya había salido del coche un hombre, que en el traje mostró luego el oficio y cargo que tenía, porque la ropa luenga, con las mangas arrocadas, que vestía, mostraron ser oidor, como su criado había dicho. Traía de la mano a una doncella, al parecer de hasta diez y seis años, vestida de camino, tan bizarra, tan hermosa y tan gallarda que a todos puso en admiración su vista; de suerte que, a no haber visto a Dorotea y a Luscinda y Zoraida, que en la venta estaban, creyeran que otra tal hermosura como la desta doncella difícilmente pudiera hallarse. Hallóse don Quijote al entrar del oidor y de la doncella, y, así como le vio, dijo. but in the meantime a man had got out of the coach whose dress indicated at a glance the office and post he held, for the long robe with ruffled sleeves that he wore showed that he was, as his servant said, a Judge of appeal. He led by the hand a young girl in a travelling dress, apparently about sixteen years of age, and of such a high-bred air, so beautiful and so graceful, that all were filled with admiration when she made her appearance, and but for having seen Dorothea, Luscinda, and Zoraida, who were there in the inn, they would have fancied that a beauty like that of this maiden's would have been hard to find. Don Quixote was present at the entrance of the Judge with the young lady, and as soon as he saw him he said,
-Seguramente puede vuestra merced entrar y espaciarse en este castillo, que, aunque es estrecho y mal acomodado, no hay estrecheza ni incomodidad en el mundo que no dé lugar a las armas y a las letras, y más si las armas y letras traen por guía y adalid a la fermosura, como la traen las letras de vuestra merced en esta fermosa doncella, a quien deben no sólo abrirse y manifestarse los castillos, sino apartarse los riscos , y devidirse y abajarse las montañas, para dalle acogida. Entre vuestra merced, digo, en este paraíso, que aquí hallará estrellas y soles que acompañen el cielo que vuestra merced trae consigo; aquí hallará las armas en su punto y la hermosura en su estremo. "Your worship may with confidence enter and take your ease in this castle; for though the accommodation be scanty and poor, there are no quarters so cramped or inconvenient that they cannot make room for arms and letters; above all if arms and letters have beauty for a guide and leader, as letters represented by your worship have in this fair maiden, to whom not only ought castles to throw themselves open and yield themselves up, but rocks should rend themselves asunder and mountains divide and bow themselves down to give her a reception. Enter, your worship, I say, into this paradise, for here you will find stars and suns to accompany the heaven your worship brings with you, here you will find arms in their supreme excellence, and beauty in its highest perfection."
Admirado quedó el oidor del razonamiento de don Quijote, a quien se puso a mirar muy de propósito, y no menos le admiraba su talle que sus palabras; y, sin hallar ningunas con que respondelle, se tornó a admirar de nuevo cuando vio delante de sí a Luscinda, Dorotea y a Zoraida, que, a las nuevas de los nuevos güéspedes y a las que la ventera les había dado de la hermosura de la doncella, habían venido a verla y a recebirla. Pero don Fernando, Cardenio y el cura le hicieron más llanos y más cortesanos ofrecimientos. En efecto, el señor oidor entró confuso, así de lo que veía como de lo que escuchaba, y las hermosas de la venta dieron la bienllegada a la hermosa doncella. The Judge was struck with amazement at the language of Don Quixote, whom he scrutinized very carefully, no less astonished by his figure than by his talk; and before he could find words to answer him he had a fresh surprise, when he saw opposite to him Luscinda, Dorothea, and Zoraida, who, having heard of the new guests and of the beauty of the young lady, had come to see her and welcome her; Don Fernando, Cardenio, and the curate, however, greeted him in a more intelligible and polished style. In short, the Judge made his entrance in a state of bewilderment, as well with what he saw as what he heard, and the fair ladies of the inn gave the fair damsel a cordial welcome.
En resolución, bien echó de ver el oidor que era gente principal toda la que allí estaba; pero el talle, visaje y la apostura de don Quijote le desatinaba; y, habiendo pasado entre todos corteses ofrecimientos y tanteado la comodidad de la venta , se ordenó lo que antes estaba ordenado : que todas las mujeres se entrasen en el camaranchón ya referido, y que los hombres se quedasen fuera, como en su guarda. Y así, fue contento el oidor que su hija, que era la doncella, se fuese con aquellas señoras, lo que ella hizo de muy buena gana. Y con parte de la estrecha cama del ventero, y con la mitad de la que el oidor traía, se acomodaron aquella noche mejor de lo que pensaban. On the whole he could perceive that all who were there were people of quality; but with the figure, countenance, and bearing of Don Quixote he was at his wits' end; and all civilities having been exchanged, and the accommodation of the inn inquired into, it was settled, as it had been before settled, that all the women should retire to the garret that has been already mentioned, and that the men should remain outside as if to guard them; the Judge, therefore, was very well pleased to allow his daughter, for such the damsel was, to go with the ladies, which she did very willingly; and with part of the host's narrow bed and half of what the Judge had brought with him, they made a more comfortable arrangement for the night than they had expected.
El cautivo, que, desde el punto que vio al oidor , le dio saltos el corazón y barruntos de que aquél era su hermano, preguntó a uno de los criados que con él venían que cómo se llamaba y si sabía de qué tierra era. El criado le respondió que se llamaba el licenciado Juan Pérez de Viedma, y que había oído decir que era de un lugar de las montañas de León. Con esta relación y con lo que él había visto se acabó de confirmar de que aquél era su hermano, que había seguido las letras por consejo de su padre; y, alborotado y contento , llamando aparte a don Fernando, a Cardenio y al cura, les contó lo que pasaba, certificándoles que aquel oidor era su hermano. Habíale dicho también el criado como iba proveído por oidor a las Indias, en la Audiencia de Méjico. Supo también como aquella doncella era su hija, de cuyo parto había muerto su madre, y que él había quedado muy rico con el dote que con la hija se le quedó en casa. Pidióles consejo qué modo tendría para descubrirse, o para conocer primero si, después de descubierto, su hermano, por verle pobre, se afrentaba o le recebía con buenas entrañas. The captive, whose heart had leaped within him the instant he saw the Judge, telling him somehow that this was his brother, asked one of the servants who accompanied him what his name was, and whether he knew from what part of the country he came. The servant replied that he was called the Licentiate Juan Perez de Viedma, and that he had heard it said he came from a village in the mountains of Leon. From this statement, and what he himself had seen, he felt convinced that this was his brother who had adopted letters by his father's advice; and excited and rejoiced, he called Don Fernando and Cardenio and the curate aside, and told them how the matter stood, assuring them that the judge was his brother. The servant had further informed him that he was now going to the Indies with the appointment of Judge of the Supreme Court of Mexico; and he had learned, likewise, that the young lady was his daughter, whose mother had died in giving birth to her, and that he was very rich in consequence of the dowry left to him with the daughter. He asked their advice as to what means he should adopt to make himself known, or to ascertain beforehand whether, when he had made himself known, his brother, seeing him so poor, would be ashamed of him, or would receive him with a warm heart.
-Déjeseme a mí el hacer esa experiencia -dijo el cura-; cuanto más, que no hay pensar sino que vos, señor capitán, seréis muy bien recebido; porque el valor y prudencia que en su buen parecer descubre vuestro hermano no da indicios de ser arrogante ni desconocido, ni que no ha de saber poner los casos de la fortuna en su punto. "Leave it to me to find out that," said the curate; "though there is no reason for supposing, senor captain, that you will not be kindly received, because the worth and wisdom that your brother's bearing shows him to possess do not make it likely that he will prove haughty or insensible, or that he will not know how to estimate the accidents of fortune at their proper value."
-Con todo eso -dijo el capitán- yo querría, no de improviso, sino por rodeos, dármele a conocer . "Still," said the captain, "I would not make myself known abruptly, but in some indirect way."
-Ya os digo -respondió el cura- que yo lo trazaré de modo que todos quedemos satisfechos. "I have told you already," said the curate, "that I will manage it in a way to satisfy us all."
Ya, en esto, estaba aderezada la cena , y todos se sentaron a la mesa, eceto el cautivo y las señoras, que cenaron de por sí en su aposento. En la mitad de la cena dijo el cura. By this time supper was ready, and they all took their seats at the table, except the captive, and the ladies, who supped by themselves in their own room. In the middle of supper the curate said:
-Del mesmo nombre de vuestra merced, señor oidor, tuve yo una camarada en Costantinopla, donde estuve cautivo algunos años; la cual camarada era uno de los valientes soldados y capitanes que había en toda la infantería española, pero tanto cuanto tenía de esforzado y valeroso lo tenía de desdichado. "I had a comrade of your worship's name, Senor Judge, in Constantinople, where I was a captive for several years, and that same comrade was one of the stoutest soldiers and captains in the whole Spanish infantry; but he had as large a share of misfortune as he had of gallantry and courage."
-Y ¿cómo se llamaba ese capitán, señor mío? -preguntó el oidor. "And how was the captain called, senor?" asked the Judge.
-Llamábase -respondió el cura- Ruy Pérez de Viedma, y era natural de un lugar de las montañas de León, el cual me contó un caso que a su padre con sus hermanos le había sucedido, que, a no contármelo un hombre tan verdadero como él, lo tuviera por conseja de aquellas que las viejas cuentan el invierno al fuego . Porque me dijo que su padre había dividido su hacienda entre tres hijos que tenía, y les había dado ciertos consejos, mejores que los de Catón. Y sé yo decir que el que él escogió de venir a la guerra le había sucedido tan bien que en pocos años, por su valor y esfuerzo, sin otro brazo que el de su mucha virtud, subió a ser capitán de infantería, y a verse en camino y predicamento de ser presto maestre de campo . Pero fuele la fortuna contraria, pues donde la pudiera esperar y tener buena, allí la perdió, con perder la libertad en la felicísima jornada donde tantos la cobraron, que fue en la ba talla de Lepanto. Yo la perdí en la Goleta, y después, por diferentes sucesos, nos hallamos camaradas en Costantinopla. Desde allí vino a Argel, donde sé que le sucedió uno de los más estraños casos que en el mundo han sucedido. "He was called Ruy Perez de Viedma," replied the curate, "and he was born in a village in the mountains of Leon; and he mentioned a circumstance connected with his father and his brothers which, had it not been told me by so truthful a man as he was, I should have set down as one of those fables the old women tell over the fire in winter; for he said his father had divided his property among his three sons and had addressed words of advice to them sounder than any of Cato's. But I can say this much, that the choice he made of going to the wars was attended with such success, that by his gallant conduct and courage, and without any help save his own merit, he rose in a few years to be captain of infantry, and to see himself on the high-road and in position to be given the command of a corps before long; but Fortune was against him, for where he might have expected her favour he lost it, and with it his liberty, on that glorious day when so many recovered theirs, at the battle of Lepanto. I lost mine at the Goletta, and after a variety of adventures we found ourselves comrades at Constantinople. Thence he went to Algiers, where he met with one of the most extraordinary adventures that ever befell anyone in the world."
De aquí fue prosiguiendo el cura, y, con brevedad sucinta , contó lo que con Zoraida a su hermano había sucedido; a todo lo cual estaba tan atento el oidor, que ninguna vez había sido tan oidor como entonces. Sólo llegó el cura al punto de cuando los franceses despojaron a los cristianos que en la barca venían, y la pobreza y necesidad en que su camarada y la hermosa mora habían quedado; de los cuales no había sabido en qué habían parado , ni si habían llegado a España, o llevádolos los franceses a Francia. Here the curate went on to relate briefly his brother's adventure with Zoraida; to all which the Judge gave such an attentive hearing that he never before had been so much of a hearer. The curate, however, only went so far as to describe how the Frenchmen plundered those who were in the boat, and the poverty and distress in which his comrade and the fair Moor were left, of whom he said he had not been able to learn what became of them, or whether they had reached Spain, or been carried to France by the Frenchmen.
Todo lo que el cura decía estaba escuchando, algo de allí desviado, el capitán, y notaba todos los movimientos que su hermano hacía; el cual, viendo que ya el cura había llegado al fin de su cuento, dando un grande suspiro y llenándosele los ojos de agua, dijo. The captain, standing a little to one side, was listening to all the curate said, and watching every movement of his brother, who, as soon as he perceived the curate had made an end of his story, gave a deep sigh and said with his eyes full of tears,
-¡Oh, señor, si supiésedes las nuevas que me habéis contado, y cómo me tocan tan en parte que me es forzoso dar muestras dello con estas lágrimas que, contra toda mi discreción y recato, me salen por los ojos! Ese capitán tan valeroso que decís es mi mayor hermano, el cual, como más fuerte y de más altos pensamientos que yo ni otro hermano menor mío, escogió el honroso y digno ejercicio de la guerra, que fue uno de los tres caminos que nuestro padre nos propuso, según os dijo vuestra camarada en la conseja que, a vuestro parecer, le oístes. Yo seguí el de las letras, en las cuales Dios y mi diligencia me han pues to en el grado que me veis. Mi menor hermano está en el Pirú , tan rico que con lo que ha enviado a mi padre y a mí ha satisfecho bien la parte que él se llevó, y aun dado a las manos de mi padre con que poder hartar su liberalidad natural; y yo, ansimesmo, he podido con más decencia y autoridad tratarme en mis estudios y llegar al puesto en que me veo. Vive aún mi padre, muriendo con el deseo de saber de su hijo mayor, y pide a Dios con continuas oraciones no cierre la muerte sus ojos hasta que él vea con vida a los de su hijo; del cual me maravillo, siendo tan discreto, cómo en tantos trabajos y afliciones, o prósperos sucesos, se haya descuidado de dar noticia de sí a su padre; que si él lo supiera, o alguno de nosotros, no tuviera necesidad de aguardar al milagro de la caña para alcanzar su rescate. Pero de lo que yo agora me temo es de pensar si aquellos franceses le habrán dado libertad, o le habrán muerto por encubrir su hurto. Esto todo será que yo prosiga mi viaje , no con aquel contento con que le comencé, sino con toda melancolía y tristeza. ¡Oh buen hermano mío, y quién supiera agora dónde estabas; que yo te fuera a buscar y a librar de tus trabajos, aunque fuera a costa de los míos! ¡Oh, quién llevara nuevas a nuestro viejo padre de que tenías vida, aunque estuvieras en las mazmorras más escondidas de Berbería; que de allí te sacaran sus riquezas, las de mi hermano y las mías! ¡Oh Zoraida hermosa y liberal, quién pudiera pagar el bien que a un hermano hiciste!; ¡quién pudiera hallarse al renacer de tu alma, y a las bodas, que tanto gusto a todos nos dieran. "Oh, senor, if you only knew what news you have given me and how it comes home to me, making me show how I feel it with these tears that spring from my eyes in spite of all my worldly wisdom and self-restraint! That brave captain that you speak of is my eldest brother, who, being of a bolder and loftier mind than my other brother or myself, chose the honourable and worthy calling of arms, which was one of the three careers our father proposed to us, as your comrade mentioned in that fable you thought he was telling you. I followed that of letters, in which God and my own exertions have raised me to the position in which you see me. My second brother is in Peru, so wealthy that with what he has sent to my father and to me he has fully repaid the portion he took with him, and has even furnished my father's hands with the means of gratifying his natural generosity, while I too have been enabled to pursue my studies in a more becoming and creditable fashion, and so to attain my present standing. My father is still alive, though dying with anxiety to hear of his eldest son, and he prays God unceasingly that death may not close his eyes until he has looked upon those of his son; but with regard to him what surprises me is, that having so much common sense as he had, he should have neglected to give any intelligence about himself, either in his troubles and sufferings, or in his prosperity, for if his father or any of us had known of his condition he need not have waited for that miracle of the reed to obtain his ransom; but what now disquiets me is the uncertainty whether those Frenchmen may have restored him to liberty, or murdered him to hide the robbery. All this will make me continue my journey, not with the satisfaction in which I began it, but in the deepest melancholy and sadness. Oh dear brother! that I only knew where thou art now, and I would hasten to seek thee out and deliver thee from thy sufferings, though it were to cost me suffering myself! Oh that I could bring news to our old father that thou art alive, even wert thou the deepest dungeon of Barbary; for his wealth and my brother's and mine would rescue thee thence! Oh beautiful and generous Zoraida, that I could repay thy good goodness to a brother! That I could be present at the new birth of thy soul, and at thy bridal that would give us all such happiness!"
Estas y otras semejantes palabras decía el oidor, lleno de tanta compasión con las nuevas que de su hermano le habían dado, que todos los que le oían le acompañaban en dar muestras del sentimiento que tenían de su lástima . All this and more the Judge uttered with such deep emotion at the news he had received of his brother that all who heard him shared in it, showing their sympathy with his sorrow.
Viendo, pues, el cura que tan bien había salido con su intención y con lo que deseaba el capitán, no quiso tenerlos a todos más tiempo tristes, y así, se levantó de la mesa, y, entrando donde estaba Zoraida, la tomó por la mano, y tras ella se vinieron Luscinda, Dorotea y la hija del oidor. Estaba esperando el capitán a ver lo que el cura quería hacer, que fue que, tomándole a él asimesmo de la otra mano, con entrambos a dos se fue donde el oidor y los demás caballeros estaban, y dijo. The curate, seeing, then, how well he had succeeded in carrying out his purpose and the captain's wishes, had no desire to keep them unhappy any longer, so he rose from the table and going into the room where Zoraida was he took her by the hand, Luscinda, Dorothea, and the Judge's daughter following her. The captain was waiting to see what the curate would do, when the latter, taking him with the other hand, advanced with both of them to where the Judge and the other gentlemen were and said,
-Cesen, señor oidor, vuestras lágrimas, y cólmese vuestro deseo de todo el bien que acertare a desearse, pues tenéis delante a vuestro buen hermano y a vuestra buena cuñada. Éste que aquí veis es el capitán Viedma, y ésta, la hermosa mora que tanto bien le hizo. Los franceses que os dije los pusieron en la estrecheza que veis, para que vos mostréis la liberalidad de vuestro buen pecho. "Let your tears cease to flow, Senor Judge, and the wish of your heart be gratified as fully as you could desire, for you have before you your worthy brother and your good sister-in-law. He whom you see here is the Captain Viedma, and this is the fair Moor who has been so good to him. The Frenchmen I told you of have reduced them to the state of poverty you see that you may show the generosity of your kind heart."
Acudió el capitán a abrazar a su hermano, y él le puso ambas manos en los pechos por mirarle algo más apartado; mas, cuando le acabó de conocer, le abrazó tan estrechamente, derramando tan tiernas lágrimas de contento, que los más de los que presentes estaban le hubieron de acompañar en ellas. Las palabras que entrambos hermanos se dijeron, los sentimientos que mostraron, apenas creo que pueden pensarse, cuanto más escribirse. Allí, en breves razones, se dieron cuenta de sus sucesos; allí mostraron puesta en su punto la buena amistad de dos hermanos; allí abrazó el oidor a Zoraida; allí la ofreció su ha cienda; allí hizo que la abrazase su hija; allí la cristiana hermosa y la mora hermosísima renovaron las lágrimas de todos. The captain ran to embrace his brother, who placed both hands on his breast so as to have a good look at him, holding him a little way off but as soon as he had fully recognised him he clasped him in his arms so closely, shedding such tears of heartfelt joy, that most of those present could not but join in them. The words the brothers exchanged, the emotion they showed can scarcely be imagined, I fancy, much less put down in writing. They told each other in a few words the events of their lives; they showed the true affection of brothers in all its strength; then the judge embraced Zoraida, putting all he possessed at her disposal; then he made his daughter embrace her, and the fair Christian and the lovely Moor drew fresh tears from every eye.
Allí don Quijote estaba atento , sin hablar palabra, considerando estos tan estraños sucesos, atribuyéndolos todos a quimeras de la andante caballería. Allí concertaron que el capitán y Zoraida se volviesen con su hermano a Sevilla y avisasen a su padre de su hallazgo y libertad, para que, como pudiese, viniese a hallarse en las bodas y bautismo de Zoraida, por no le ser al oidor posible dejar el camino que llevaba, a causa de tener nuevas que de allí a un mes partía la flota de Sevilla a la Nueva España, y fuérale de grande incomodidad perder el viaje. And there was Don Quixote observing all these strange proceedings attentively without uttering a word, and attributing the whole to chimeras of knight-errantry. Then they agreed that the captain and Zoraida should return with his brother to Seville, and send news to his father of his having been delivered and found, so as to enable him to come and be present at the marriage and baptism of Zoraida, for it was impossible for the Judge to put off his journey, as he was informed that in a month from that time the fleet was to sail from Seville for New Spain, and to miss the assage would have been a great inconvenience to him.
En resolución, todos quedaron contentos y alegres del buen suceso del cautivo; y, como ya la noche iba casi en las dos partes de su jornada , acordaron de recogerse y reposar lo que de ella les quedaba. Don Quijote se ofreció a hacer la guardia del castillo , porque de algún gigante o otro mal andante follón no fuesen acometidos, codiciosos del gran tesoro de hermosura que en aquel castillo se encerraba. Agradeciéronselo los que le conocían, y dieron al oidor cuenta del humor estraño de don Quijote, de que no poco gusto recibió. In short, everybody was well pleased and glad at the captive's good fortune; and as now almost two-thirds of the night were past, they resolved to retire to rest for the remainder of it. Don Quixote offered to mount guard over the castle lest they should be attacked by some giant or other malevolent scoundrel, covetous of the great treasure of beauty the castle contained. Those who understood him returned him thanks for this service, and they gave the Judge an account of his extraordinary humour, with which he was not a little amused.
Sólo Sancho Panza se desesperaba con la tardanza del recogimiento, y sólo él se acomodó mejor que todos , echándose sobre los aparejos de su jumento, que le costaron tan caros como adelante se dirá. Sancho Panza alone was fuming at the lateness of the hour for retiring to rest; and he of all was the one that made himself most comfortable, as he stretched himself on the trappings of his ass, which, as will be told farther on, cost him so dear.
Recogidas, pues, las damas en su estancia, y los demás acomodádose como menos mal pudieron, don Quijote se salió fuera de la venta a hacer la centinela del castillo, como lo había prometido. The ladies, then, having retired to their chamber, and the others having disposed themselves with as little discomfort as they could, Don Quixote sallied out of the inn to act as sentinel of the castle as he had promised.
Sucedió, pues, que faltando poco por venir el alba, llegó a los oídos de las damas una voz tan entonada y tan buena, que les obligó a que todas le prestasen atento oído, especialmente Dorotea, que despierta estaba, a cuyo lado dormía doña Clara de Viedma, que ansí se llamaba la hija del oidor. Nadie podía imaginar quién era la persona que tan bien cantaba, y era una voz sola, sin que la acompañase instrumento alguno. Unas veces les parecía que cantaban en el patio ; otras, que en la caballeriza; y, estando en esta confusión muy atentas, llegó a la puerta del aposento Cardenio y dijo. It happened, however, that a little before the approach of dawn a voice so musical and sweet reached the ears of the ladies that it forced them all to listen attentively, but especially Dorothea, who had been awake, and by whose side Dona Clara de Viedma, for so the Judge's daughter was called, lay sleeping. No one could imagine who it was that sang so sweetly, and the voice was unaccompanied by any instrument. At one moment it seemed to them as if the singer were in the courtyard, at another in the stable; and as they were all attention, wondering, Cardenio came to the door and said,
-Quien no duerme, escuche; que oirán una voz de un mozo de mulas, que de tal manera canta que encanta. "Listen, whoever is not asleep, and you will hear a muleteer's voice that enchants as it chants."
-Ya lo oímos, señor -respondió Dorotea. "We are listening to it already, senor," said Dorothea;
Y, con esto, se fue Cardenio; y Dorotea, poniendo toda la atención posible, entendió que lo que se cantaba era esto on which Cardenio went away; and Dorothea, giving all her attention to it, made out the words of the song to be these: