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“All you’ve done is write about what you see: the better you copy, the better your book. And since all your story tries to do is shatter the authority of all those tales of chivalry, and their influence on people, especially common people, all around the world, you don’t need to go begging wise sayings from philosophers, or advice from the Holy Scriptures, or myths from poets, or speeches from orators, or miracles from saints. All you have to do is try, with meaningful words, properly and effectively arranged, to honestly unroll your sentences and paragraphs, clearly, sensibly, just explaining what you’re up to as well and as powerfully as you can. Let your ideas be understood without making them complicated or obscure. And see, too, if your pages can make sad men laugh as they read, and make smiling men even happier; try to keep simple men untroubled, and wise men impressed by your imagination, and sober men not contemptuous, nor careful men reluctant, to praise it. In sum: keep yourself focused on demolishing the whole false, irrational network of those chivalric romances, despised by so many, yet adored by so many more — do this, and what you’ve accomplished will be no small affair.”

(Miguel de Cervantes in The History of the Ingenious Gentelman Don Quijote de La Mancha)

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