Daily Important English Vocabulary
His brains addled (rotten सड़ाया हुआ) with reading too many chivalric (mighty पराक्रमी) romances of medieval knights who rescue damsels (girlfriend सहेलियां) in distress and battle dragons, an impecunious (helpless बेचारा) hidalgo, a minor Spanish nobleman, adopts the name of Don Quixote, dons a rusty suit of armour and, astride (horseback सवार होकर) a broken-down old nag named Rosinante, with his faithful squire (जमीदार), Sancho Panza, riding behind him on a donkey, sets off to become a knight-errant (साहसिक कायं की खोज में धूमनेवाला वीर) himself.
The crazed don tilts (leaning झुकाव) against windmills, with disastrous results, and pays court to an imaginary beauty whom he calls Dulcinea. This is the skeletal plot of the novel written by Miguel de Cervantes more than 400 years ago. It gave the English language the word `quixotic’, after the protagonist (leader नायक), which means highly idealistic. It is also deemed (समझा) by critics to be one of the greatest novels ever written.
Really? A tragi-comic satire (हास्य व्यंग्य) about an old loony (mad to someone दीवाना) who goes to his deathbed still enrapt (fascinated) in a fool’s paradise of his own making, one of the greatest novels of all time? Why?