chapter  2
Don Quijote The Inn and the Castle
WithWill McMorran
Pages 38

As Steven Hutchinson notes in his important study, Cervantine Journeys, 'Seldom in Cervantine criticism has there been any reflective acknowledgement or discussion of a quite extraordinary aspect of Cervantes's novelistic writings: the tendency of the narrative and its traveling protagonists to be drawn into world-like vortices.' 1 Hutchinson goes on to name a number of such worlds, from the cave of Montesinos and the Insula Barataria, which form the basis of his study of 'Quixotic Worlds', 2 to the islands of the Persiles and the community of rogues depicted in Rinconete y Cortadillo. To Hutchinson's list of such worlds might be added those with which this chapter is chiefly concerned: Palomeque's inn and the ducal castle. 3