"an energetic Don Quixote"

An illustration by Gustave Doré from the 1906 edition of Don Quixote
Public DomainAn illustration by Gustave Doré from the 1906 edition of Don Quixote

Written by Miguel de CervantesThe Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha is a two-volume Spanish novel, first published in the early seventeenth century. It is one of the most frequently referred to texts in the world, and describes the hare-brained quests of a retired country gentleman who decides to reinvent himself as a gallant knight. The name is now synonymous with naïve hopefulness and ambition. Conrad twice compares the Assistant Commissioner to Quixote over the course of the book.

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