The inquisition in the library

Oh, sir, cried the niece, your worship should have them [the books] burnt  like the rest. For once my uncle is cured of his disease of chivalry, he might very likely read those books and take it into his head to turn shepherd and roam about the woods and fields, singing and piping and, even worse, turn poet, for that disease is incurable and catching, so they say.


Cervantes, Miguel De, Don Quixote, translated by J.M. Cohen, 1950, p. 61


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