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Don Quixote At this point it seems, either the cold of morning, which was just breaking, or something laxative he had eaten for supper or, as seems more likely, the natural course of things, gave Sancho the inclination and desire to do what no one else could do for him; but so much fear had entered into his heart that he dared not stir a hair?s breath from his aster. Yet it was quite impossible even to think of not fulfilling his needs. So what he did was to take a middle course. Very gently he moved his right hand from the crupper of the saddle, and with it neatly and noiselessly loosened the running knot, with was all that kept his breeches up, so that when it was undone they fell down and held him like fetters. After which, he hitched up his shirt as best he could, and bared a pair of ample buttocks to the air. This done, which he thought was all he needed to, another greater problem confronted him,: he was afraid that he could not relieve himself with out making some report or noise. So he began to grind his teeth and contract his shoulders, holding his breath as much as he could. But despite all these precautions he was so unfortunate as in the end to make a little noise very different from the din, which was causing him so much terror. And when Don Quixote heard it he asked: ?What is that noise, Sancho?? ?I don?t know sir?, he replied. It must be something fresh, for these adventures and misadventures never begin for nothing? (Cervantes 160).In the year of 1614 when Cervantes wrote the novel Don Quixote he introduced society to the reality that people dealt with and yet did not read about. Cervantes wrote about what was unspeakable in polite company, bodily functions. The two main characters in his novel, Don Quixote and Sancho were very real and experienced everyday issues. The characters were of very different socio economic status that was still ruled by the feudal system, class and education were pivotal. As we follow the exploits of Don Quixote and his squire Sancho, we will see how class is juxtaposed with bodily functions, how the characters experience the exploit from their own class status, and the suppression of real love which society shuns.Cervantes uses many descriptions of smells and bodily functions to enhance the reality of his characters. When Don Quixote makes his magical balsam to cure his and Sancho?s aching ribs after their latest beating, ?the potion did its work and the poor squire began to gush at both ends at such a rate that neither the rush mat, on which he had lain down once more, not the Hessian blanket covering him could ever be used again? (133) reduced the poor squire Sancho into a comical character. Cervantes did not only provide the balsam experience for comedy but in order to reflect the reality of life. People suffer these afflictions every day and yet to write or speak about them were simply unheard of. There were rules of etiquette that had to be followed. Cervantes broke these rules and brought these...

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