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galley slave

a criminal or slave condemned to row in a galley
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They further come across galley-slaves who were convicted as criminals and Don Quixote comes to their help in line with his determination to right all wrongs and liberating the oppressed.
Maybe I should demand reparations from French papists for consigning my ancestors to a living death as galley-slaves.
In this paper I wish to characterize the comic ethos of the first Part; (1) and for this purpose, propose to examine in some detail one of the hero's famous adventures: his liberation of the galley-slaves in 'Don Quixote I, 22.
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.
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.