Stories within Don Quixote

Part 1 of Don Quixote features a few interpolated stories within the main novel–these are tales of love and betrayal, of escape and daring, which feature secondary characters, and don’t directly involve Don Quixote or Sancho Panza.

I favor the Zoraida story, of Zoraida’s soliciting Christian prisoners to help her escape from her father and be delivered to a Christian land. Zoraida was converted to Christianity by a beloved nanny and kept the secret from her pious Moor father. The planning and escape from Algiers to Spain is great adventure, and the tale of it, told at the inn, where all matters of confluence have brought together all the parties from all the stories within Don Quixote, including all the beautiful damsels in distress, never tires.

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