Their actions are analogous to Don Quixote's quest to resurrect knight errantry.
In addition to pointing out that giants are windmills and that marching soldiers are sheep, Sanchos character is developed in the first scenes in which he appears through his contrasting perception of what knight errantry offers.
Instead, he reinterprets the lessons about knight errantry to
Don Quixote's knowledge of knight errantry allows him
I only devote myself to making the world understand its error in not restoring that happiest of times when the order of knight errantry
was in flower" (345/464).
No one dreamed it was anything but a burlesque of the knight errantry
books, so there was nothing to interpret.
Although knight errantry
is there ridiculed, the novel nevertheless shows what were the necessary attributes of knights.
In this respect, Don Quixote served Unamuno well as inspiration, for in the knight's unremitting struggle to assert the commendable values of knight errantry
in a Spain where the profession was no longer a historical or fictitious truth, the Castilian knight, by his refusal not to struggle, achieved immortality.
It was a long, long trail a'winding from Picardy Place, Edinburgh, via Stonyhurst to Spiritism, but the pilgrimage was one of knight errantry
, and Professor Orel's gatherings from the wayside flourish a very worthwhile adornment of the old crusader's standards.
Kleber explores the thematic relationship between such noted Sternean "hobby horses" as Uncle Toby's obsession with fortification and Quixote's with knight errantry
This is central in Renaissance philosophy and crucial to Don Quijote's Castiglionian power to harness the universal "science" of knight errantry
leading to that self-perfection.