The Marriage Interpreter [No. 44]




Early film stills of Don Quixote.

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This Marriage Interpreter is dedicated to my friend D., who is having a birthday today. D., you always, always, always make me laugh.


BLUEBIRD and THE HUSBAND are in a car together DRIVING ACROSS TEXAS. The pair have been quiet for a whole five minutes, when—


The Husband: (In his most cornpone Texas accent.) C’mon down! To Don Quixote’s Land of Imagination and Adventure! We’ll give you a sword— and a shield— we’ve got plenty of windmills, so knock yourself out!


Bluebird: (Fumbling with iPhone.) Dude, I am recording this.


The Husband: Bring the kids! Get a balloon! Pet a goat! Get a hat! And a hot dog!


Bluebird: (Wide-eyed.) And where’s this place located?


The Husband: Don Quixote’s Land of Imagination and Adventure is located thirteen miles off of I-55! Turn left at the IHOP, and make a right at the Snow White Dry Cleaners! There’s plenty of parking. Tell ‘em EDWARD sent you!


Bluebird: Edward? Really?


The Husband: Well, yeah. But Sancho Panza runs the concession stand, so it all works out.




A NOTE ABOUT THIS STORY: Who the hey-ho are Don Quixote and Sancho Panza? Well… start at Wikipedia’s entry on the famed comic novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra., Don Quixote.

And then, if you’re intrigued, go download a free and legal e-book of a 19th Century English translation of Don Quixote from Project Gutenberg! Don Quixote, Book One and The History of Don Quixote, Volume Two.

If you prefer to read Don Quixote in Spanish or French or Portuguese or the original Castillian Spanish, or Japanese, take look around Project Gutenberg— they’ve got everything, and it’s free and legal and so very delicious.


About Courtenay Bluebird (Bluebird Blvd.)

Courtenay Bluebird is the creator of Bluebird Blvd. and The Bluebird B-Side. She is a published writer, career journalist, and professional photographer who likes books and sweets. She laughs loudly and sincerely both in public and in private.
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6 Comments

  1. Loved the post, not so happy about the new way of commenting. Sorry but I hate Disqus. :(

    • Glah! I’m so sorry! I’ve been having a lot of problems with the WP commenting system, especially with the WP commenting system showing up in my RSS feed. I was hoping this might resolve that issue. Maybe. I’m going to email you about your thoughts on Disqus, okay?

  2. Saw “Lost in La Mancha” on Netflix streaming this weekend with the boy; we were both very sad that the movie never got made. It’s a brutal thing to have your dreams dissolve away in front of you.

    The other day I saw Michael Palin of all people – considered the nicest of all the former Pythons – crapping on director Terry Gilliam in print for not being more “flexible” and being too stubborn to deal with Hollywood. That may be true, but then, no one considers the Cinema of Michael Palin a subject for serious study.

    • I saw that doc years ago. It’s a truly melancholy piece, isn’t it? I love that all of the Python folks went on to do amazing things. So wonderful!

  3. I love Quixote! Great novel, great, sweet hero.

    • Really?!? I’m trying to figure out which edition to read. Which translator do you like most, K.?

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