(1.40:485-86) It is significant to note how the Captain continues to exclude himself from the description of the king's ransomable
captives before abruptly returning to the first-person singular subject and identifying himselfas "uno de los de rescate."' (13) h is as if he glosses over what are perhaps the most shameful aspects of his captivity; in this case, the forced manual labor of collecting firewood with the more common captives.
Chapter Two contains a more detailed study of the life of elite (ransomable
) Christian captives in Algiers in the 1570s, information about some of the notable Muslim and Christian personages with whom Cervantes became acquainted while in Algiers, and details about his ransom by a Trinitarian friar in 1580, and the written affidavits he had compiled before leaving Algiers to defend himself against mysterious charges that he had behaved in ah ugly and vicious manner while in captivity there.