(Don Quijote 2.44:395) Contemplative and mindful of his duty and devotion to Dulcinea
, Don Quixote writes a song in praise of his lady, which he sings as he plays the guitar-like vihuela.
In chapter nine, as Don Quixote and his squire enter the city of El Toboso, the town where Dulcinea
lives, superstition, darkness, and bad presages creep into the scene (Chichester 122).
Though Maritornes, the Duchess, Altisidora, and even Dorotea attempt to entrap him with quasi-erotic promises, they never shake his fidelity to Dulcinea
. The Duchess leaves the seduction of Don Quijote to her handmaiden, but she does attempt to distract Don Quijote from his mission, and indeed, she succeeds in delaying him at the ducal estate through strategies both flattering and cruel.
In the thirtieth chapter, when Dorotea feigns being a princess and seeks help from the knight in order to regain her lost kingdom, Don Quixote retorts that he will kill her enemy and reinstate her once again on her father's throne, but he will not marry her, as his heart belongs to Dulcinea
. Sancho criticizes his master's attitude and he supports his marriage with Dorotea, as she is far more beautiful than Dulcinea
The tension between the white settlers and the remaining tribal members, who often face discrimination, places a strain on the friendship between Dulcinea
Bennett, J.B.'s widow, and Rose, Star's sister.
Don Quixote also mistakes a neighboring peasant girl of Toboso to be Dulcinea
del Toboso who was a beautiful but imaginary maiden of his fantasy and to whom he had pledged fidelity prior to leaving on his glorious expedition.
consequentially tied to his relationship with Dulcinea
. His lies bring