" "It cannot have said ’scrubbing,’ " said the barber, "but ’superhuman’ or ’sovereign.’
"No, senor," replied Sancho, "for as soon as I had repeated it, seeing there was no further use for it, I set about forgetting it; and if I recollect any of it, it is that about ’Scrubbing,’I mean to say ’Sovereign Lady,’ and the end ’Yours till death, the Knight of the Rueful Countenance;’ and between these two I put into it more than three hundred ’my souls’ and ’my life’s’ and ’my eyes."
A gallant knight shows to advantage bringing his lance to bear adroitly upon a fierce bull under the eyes of his sovereign, in the midst of a spacious plaza; a knight shows to advantage arrayed in glittering armour, pacing the lists before the ladies in some joyous tournament, and all those knights show to advantage that entertain, divert, and, if we may say so, honour the courts of their princes by warlike exercises, or what resemble them; but to greater advantage than all these does…
All knights have their own special parts to play; let the courtier devote himself to the ladies, let him add lustre to his sovereign’s court by his liveries, let him entertain poor gentlemen with the sumptuous fare of his table, let him arrange joustings, marshal tournaments, and prove himself noble, generous, and magnificent, and above all a good Christian, and so doing he will fulfil the duties that are especially his; but let the knight-errant explore the corners of the earth and…
"Listen," said Don Quixote, "this is what it says: "DON QUIXOTE’S LETTER TO DULCINEA DEL TOBOSO "Sovereign and exalted Lady,—The pierced by the point of absence, the wounded to the heart’s core, sends thee, sweetest Dulcinea del Toboso, the health that he himself enjoys not.
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They may be a sovereign state, but their neighbor’s threats forced their decision.
...the first seven words of our Constitution—We the People of the United States —accurately reflect our founding belief that governments derive "their just powers from the consent of the governed" and the fact that that the sovereign will of the people of the United States was expressed in the Constitution itself and in our ongoing system of government created by it.
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