Tuesday, August 08, 2023

Dreaming a chapter of “Don Quijote"

In early 1983, I read selections from Miguel de Cervantes's "Don Quijote" (1605-1615) for a course (in English). I read chapter VIII with great pleasure one afternoon – the adventure with the windmills. I hadn't planned to keep reading, but I did. But while reading chapter IX, I fell asleep, and when I woke up and started chapter X, I was confused. I started paging back through chapter IX to find where I had fallen asleep, and discovered I had dreamed an entire chapter of the book, and even turned the pages while dreaming. By the time I figured out what had happened, I had forgotten that imaginary chapter of the Quijote. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 8 August 2023)

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