“’Eterna: you are not perfect; your novelist must tell you this, since he is also your friend.’
‘Make me perfect, then, if you can, like God made Man’” (Fernandez 141).
I really, really liked this quote for a couple of reasons, but I liked the fact that we were actually in the novel portion of the novel at this time. I loved how he is talking to his character as if she is an actual real person, and I can picture her as he’s talking to her. I can picture her wanting to be real, not only a figment of his imagination. I can picture her saying “make me perfect,” and just wanting what all other humans have. I find it interesting that he is playing God, but actually calls himself out on it; every novelist is God in a sense in their novel because they created all of it, but he, of course, comes out and says it; he says it indirectly though. After this line in the book he goes on to explain to his character why he cannot make her perfect, and this is what I like to hear because we see some of his flaws. Throughout the novel he was in charge and he was telling us how we’re going to react to his writing and everything that he is going to do, but now he goes on to tell us that he cannot make the perfect character. He tells us that he cannot make her perfect because this is just how she came up in his head, and the dark truth as to why she was created in his head as an unperfect character. He says that her face was brought up from when you look for a lovers head to shelter your bosom, a very sad and discontent face is brought up into his mind and this was how she was created. We see another side of Fernandez and it’s nice to see that he’s not one sided.
Yesterday in class, we were asked to write about our favorite piece of writing that we’ve ever written, so basically write about writing. I thought this was a clever idea and although I don’t have the best of memory, I wrote about the first thing that popped up into my mind; it must have popped up for a reason right? Last year I took a business law class for my BALA minor but it was a writing intensive class so it obviously had a couple of papers that made up the final grade. One of the assignments that we had was to take two laws of our choosing and alter them a little bit. We had the option to completely delete the law or delete part of the law or just switch a couple of things up, the choice was all up to us. Its sounds like an easy assignment but there was some research behind the paper as well. We had to find the exact law code as it is written in the books, like specific clause and section and we had to make sure that we knew the law. For example, I chose the seatbelt law and the legalization of marijuana, so I had to know everything about both of those laws. The seat belt law was extensive; there are different laws for different age groups concerning their safety. I was only interested in abolishing the fact that the driver was forced to wear a seatbelt. The marijuana clause wasn’t that difficult, it was pretty much a legalize it or keep it illegal thing. Either way, I loved the freedom I had with this paper; I still had to follow some guidelines but I was free to write about something I was passionate about, which is why I liked this paper so much and the fact that I got an A.
“Disorderly reader, I do not ask you – unconfessed – to read all of it, or to stop reading all of my novel, what with the pagination having been unraveled in vain for you” (Fernandez 22).
This quote stood out to me for one main reason, and that reason is in the first word. Throughout his novel, he tells us many times that this is going to be a hard book to read and he wants it to be a hard book to read and that there really is no reason for the difficulty of this book, he just wants to bother us or something. This quote pretty much does the same thing; he’s trying to explain to us in his novel, why his novel is worth the read and why it’s difficult. In this situation, he’s telling us it is difficult because the pagination is unraveled through the novel (I mean why not right?). Pagination basically means the sequence of the pages in a book, or the order; here he is telling us that the pagination is completely off and have a good time trying to understand it. All this frustration in a couple of lines and this still isn’t why this quote stood out to me; as I said, it’s in the first word. The reason this quote is different than the rest is because he actually insults the reader in this one! He comes right out and calls us disorderly! I think that this is absolutely ridiculous; first he has the guts to make his novel difficult just because he wants to and then he goes and insults us, the reader, for possibly understanding it? He’s the one with his pagination all out of wack, he’s the disorderly one if you ask me.
“Honour is something that a poor man can have, but not a dissolute one; poverty can cast a cloud over nobility but cannot hide it altogether; but if virtue gives out a glimmer of light, even if only through the chinks and straights of penury, it will be valued and therefore favoured by lofty and noble spirits” (Cervantes 486)
This quote stood out to me from the first word in the sentence, honour. Usually if you start out a sentence with such a powerful and meaningful word, the sentence is going to have a lot of depth and meaning behind it, and this sentence was no different. Basically the sentence is saying that a poor man can have honor but not a poor man with no morals; nobility does not have to be completely hidden by poverty; and if a man still shows his morals, his virtues even through the worst of poverty, then he is a great man. I love this quote because this, to me, is the definition of a strong man, a man that does not let the absolute worst of poverty get to him. A man that just because he doesn’t have enough money to eat every day, doesn’t lose track of the good in his heart. A man that doesn’t have to become a bad person because he has no money. This is true goodness, and this shows what a golden heart really is; when you are put at the absolute bottom of the food chain and still act like you’re at the top.
“Her father stood guard over her virtue, and she stood guard over it herself, too, because there are no keys, locks or bolts that can protect a maiden better than her own modest reserve” (Cervantes 462)
I thought this was a very important quote because the amount of truth it holds behind it. A father can do everything in his power to keep his daughter from losing her innocence and try his hardest to make her keep her virtue, but the fact of the matter is that she has to want it too. It’s her body and her mind, and if the woman wants something, she’s going to get it whether her father likes it or not. Especially if it’s a young woman that we’re talking about, which we are, a father can enforce all the rules that he wants and scare away every man in the town from even laying eyes on his precious daughter, there are always some things that a father will never know. A woman has to protect herself and have respect for herself as well as the loving care of her father and then her virtue will be safe and saved for the right person.
“because the soul can only take delight in the beauty and harmony that it sees or contemplates in what the eyes or the imagination places before it, and nothing that contains ugliness or disorder can give us any pleasure” (Cervantes 440)
This was when the barber and Sancho and the cannon were going back and forth about the priests teachings and Don Quixote and this was when the cannon responded to something that Sancho said about the books that he was talking about and all the absurdities that there were in there. He said that he knew the main purpose of these books was to amuse people but he didn’t understand how absurdities could be amusing to people because they were ugly and ugliness isn’t amusing. I looked a little deeper into the quote than what it actually pertained to; the books and teachings he was talking about. I took the quote out of its context and applied other situations to it and I agree with the quote, with a slight variation. What is beautiful to one man might not be to another, the same goes for ugliness, so something that is ugly to one man can surely bring pleasure to another because that man might not think of it to be ugly but in fact, gorgeous. The fact of the matter is though, that because it is beautiful it is bringing pleasure to that man, so the quote is correct. If by some possibility, something was ugly to every person in the world, it would not bring pleasure to anyone.
“God knows the truth, and let’s leave it at that, because the more you stir it, the worse it gets” (Cervantes 439)
This was when the barber and Sancho were going back and forth and Sancho was warning the barber about trying to scam his master Don Quixote and he warned the barber about getting caught up in his lies. This line goes for every lie though, not just the barber, and not just when you’re trying to scam someone; God knows the truth no matter how good of a liar you are, God knows that it’s a lie and if you start telling too many to the same person about the same situation, it’s very easy to get confused and forget what you say. You remember the truth because it actually happened, but a lie that was fabricated out of thin air is not as easy to remember. I’ve seen friends and family and people that I’ve just met get caught up in their lies and it was the downfall of them for sure. It’s not a pretty sight but like Sancho said, God knows the truth, and that’s the truth.