In the story the author uses many situations and circumstances to demonstrate loyalty. Loyalty is the state or quality of being loyal, faithfulness to commitments or obligations. Don Quixote is a man that believes in being loyal, and he expects the people that he encounters to be the same way. In one situation in the book, Don rolled up on a farmer beating his servant. That made Don furious and he could not believe what he was seeing. After a conversation with the boy and the farmer Don ordered the farmer to pay the boy wages that he owed him plus some.
The boy was certain that the farmer would not pay him, but would beat him as soon as Don had left his sight. “He will do nothing of the sort, said Don Quixote. It is sufficient for me to command, and he out of respect will obey. Since he has sworn to me by the order of knighthood which he has received, I shall let him go free and I will guarantee that you will be paid. ”(2239) Don expected the farmer to honor his word and demonstrate loyalty, sadly the farmer did not. “That is not true of my master, replied Sancho.
I can assure you that there is nothing rouge about him; he is as open and aboveboard as a wine pitcher and would not harm anyone but does good to all. There is no malice in his make-up, and a child could make him believe it was night at midday. For that very reason I love him with all my heart and cannot bring myself to leave him, no matter how many foolish things he does. ”(2314) Sancho displays his loyalty for Don in the quote. He is a man that displays many of the same characteristics as his master. Sancho explains why he feels the way he does towards his master.
He says that it does not matter to him how silly and foolish Don may be, he is still his friend and he respects him and the decisions that he make. Loyalty is something that has to be earned from another person. In the story Don Quixote wants people to earn their respect just as he and Sancho did. Rather or not a person showed Don Quixote respect, it was something that he wanted and expected.
“Don Quixote. ” The Norton Anthology of Western Literature. Ed. Sarah Lawall. New York, London: W. W. Norton and Company. 1207.