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TILT (verb): STRIKE, THRUST, OR RUN AT, WITH A WEAPON, ESPECIALLY IN JOUSTING
If you look into your own mind, which are you, Don Quixote or Sancho Panza? Almost certainly you are both. There is one part of you that wishes to be a hero or a saint, but another part of you is a fat little man who sees very clearly the advantages of staying alive with a whole skin. He is your unofficial self, the voice of the belly protesting against the soul, his tastes lie towards safety, soft beds, no work, pots of beer and women with "voluptuous" figures.
Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within.
Miguel De Cervantes, Don Quixote
If you're going to play with Quixote you really got to play with Quixote. And those were windmills that came along. Those were giants, they killed us once but we're going to come back.
Terry Gilliam, talking about making The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go
From Man of La Mancha, To Dream the Impossible Dream
Don Quixote, Sancho Panza, Rosinante and oré
Uchoten Hotel/Suite Dreams (oré is Japanese for me in casual men's language)
He is mad past recovery, but yet he has lucid intervals.
Miguel De Cervantes, Don Quixote
This week in Japan a popular television personality and presenter whose name I do not wish to recall(1) suddenly retired. He pulled out of all his current TV shows. He had been found to have links to Japanese organized crime, the yakuza. In Japan the yakuza like to think of themselves as slightly romantic figures bound by honour. And after the earthquake in Tohoku on 11 March 2011 yakuza were involved in some relief efforts. There are no robberies anywhere near a yakuza office. But when the movie director Juzo Itami made a satirical movie about the yakuza he was attacked by gangsters carrying swords and was seriously wounded. I once got on an elevator with two gangsters. They wore beautiful suit jackets and white shirts and expensive silk ties. But below the waist they were wearing basketball shorts. So they wouldn't crease their trousers while they were driving.
There is a TV series on in Japan now called Don Quixote. It's about a member of a yakuza gang who somehow changes bodies with a mild social worker. This kind of plot device was used in Freaky Friday, for example. It reminded me of the quote about tenkan in star festival sky tenkan about seeing the other person's point of view. So they both have to pretend to be each other and they have to solve each other's problems. The gangster character's wife likes to dance the tango so the social worker has to learn to dance.
Cervantes' Don Quixote firmly believes in chivalry. I'll talk about bushido and chivalry another time. And if you read the novel it's OK to skim or miss parts out. It's a great novel but it's long and Somerset Maugham said that the ordinary reader who reads Don Quixote for delight would lose nothing by not reading the dull parts.
In Japan Don Quixote is a discount store.
(1)de cuyo nombre no quiero acordarme is a famous phrase in the opening sentence of Don Quixote