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galley slave

a criminal or slave condemned to row in a galley
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The adventure of the galley-slaves rounds off this series, and perfectly exemplifies its polemical brand of humor.
The question twists the legal sense of "gente forzada del rey," galley-slaves, equivalent to the French forcats, into a literal, emotive channel which fits the Quixotic preconception of the chained men as unfortunate victims of duress.
Don Quixote's interrogation of the galley-slaves, which occupies about two-thirds of chapter 22, and has the aim of eliciting from them evidence to confirm his a priori notion of their undeserved ill-fortune, is fundamentally indebted to the genre of farce, particularly to the species which has the form of a burlesque tribunal, such as Cervantes's own El juez de los divorcios.
Or a whole passage at the outset of Der Tod des Vergil is interpreted as referring to the galley-slaves, when in fact the 'Fressbauche' in question are clearly the gluttonous members of Augustus' retinue.
But releasing the galley-slaves and injuring the guards, while being the gravest offenses, are not the only punishable crimes the knight and (sometimes) his squire commit.
Cardenio's and Dorotea's counterparts are the galley-slaves, who must be hiding in the very bowels of the earth (as Gines de Pasamonte put it), in parts not too dissimilar to the Sierra Morena.