"sir, look, these you're knocking down and smashing and killing aren't real Moors but papier mâché figures"
 

 

   Quixote's fiction-inspired madness is given its most direct depiction when, absorbed by a puppet theatre depiction of the 'Tale of Melisendra', he actually attempts to enter the play, engaging an army of puppet Moors in combat (with more success than he usually encounters).  Between 1919 and 1923 Manuel de Falla composed a short opera based on the episode, Master Pedro's Puppet Show, staged with an appropriately reflexive narrative conceit - the audience watches larger puppets portraying Don Quixote and the inn patrons, as they in turn watch the smaller puppets of Pedro's production. 

 

 

 

                                      

                                                                            Master Pedro's Puppet Show, Manuel de Falla