Sancho goes home to talk to Teresa:
After Sancho had fulfilled his duties as squire to Don Quixote for a few weeks, he decided to return home and tell Teresa all of the good things that would be happening to him soon when Quixote wins a battle and wins an island and GIVES IT TO SANCHO SO HE CAN BE GOVERNOR!
Sancho wants to be sure that Teresa will play the correct part as a governor’s wife and thinks he should help her be aware of the importance of the position she will have.
But when he returns and explains it all to her, Teresa is not impressed and in fact, scolds him for believing such claptrap—tells him that Don Quixote is a madman and full of impossible dreams, that he will never be giving Sancho an island to govern.
Still, he pleads for her to act and dress befittingly to be a governor’s wife. Does he suggest that she remove the blue peasant shawl headdress? and the long apron? Maybe.
“I can tell you, wife,: said Sancho,:if I did not expect to see myself governor of an island before long I would drop down dead on the spot.”
“Nay, then, husband,”said Teresa; “let the hen live, though it be with her pip, live, and let the devil take all the governments in the world; you came out of your mother’s womb without a government, you have lived until now without a government, and when it is God’s will you will go, or be carried, to your grave without a government. . . . But mind, Sancho, if by good luck you should find yourself with some government, don’t forget me and your children. Remember that Sanchico is now full fifteen, znd It is
right he should go to school, if his uncle the abbot has a mind to have him trained for the Church.
Consider, too, that your daughter Mari-Sancha will not die of grief if we marry her; for I have my suspicions that she is as eager to get a husband as you to get a government; and, after all, a daughter looks better ill married than well whored.”
Sancho listens but he has grand plans for the marriage of his daughter once she steps out of her wooden clogs and changes to dresses in hoops and silk gowns.
“Don’t you see, you animal” continued Sancho, “that it will be well for me to drop into some profitable government that will lift us out of the mire, and marry Mari-Sancha to whom I like; and you yourself will find yourself called ‘Dona Teresa Panza’ and sitting in church on a fine carpet and cushions and draperies, in spite and in defiance of all the born ladies of the town!
Teresa continues to scorn the idea and says she is not cut out for such tomfoolery –that she is quite content as she is. That she doesn’t intend to go sashaying around—–AND————and here’s the quote I love so much from her: (page 478)
“Neither my daughter nor I are going to stir a step from our village ;a respectable woman should have a broken leg and keep at home. . . .be off to your adventures along with your Don Quixote, and leave us to our misadventures, for God will mend them for us according as we deserve it. I don’t know, I’m sure, who fixed the ‘Don’ to him, what neither his father nor grandfather ever had.”
(Honk, if you love Teresa!)