by Steve Jones

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Unity of Memory (4 of 5)
Series: The Crossing
Steve Jones
Joshua 3

Introduction: The musical play, ''Man of La Mancha'' is about Don Quixote, who is a 17th century Spanish elderly nobleman who reads so many chivalric romances that he loses touch with reality and sets out to revive chivalry, undo wrongs, and bring justice to the world. He recruits a simple farmer as his squire and fancies himself a knight on a great stallion. It's from this musical that we get the great song, sung by Don Quixote describing his quest, ''The Impossible Dream.''

To dream the impossible dream,?
To fight the unbeatable foe,?
To bear with unbearable sorrow,?
To run where the brave dare not go.??
To right the unrightable wrong,?
To love pure and chaste from afar,?
To try when your arms are too weary,?
To reach the unreachable star.??
This is my quest,?to follow that star
No matter how hopeless,?No matter how far.??
To fight for the right, Without question or pause,?
To be willing to march into hell for a?heavenly cause.??
And I know if I'll only be true, To this?glorious quest?
That my heart will be peaceful and calm?
When I'm laid to my rest.??
And the world will be better for this,?
That one man scorned and covered with scars?
Still strove with his last ounce of courage.?
To reach the unreachable stars.

In his travels, Don Quixote stops at an Inn where he encounters a woman named Aldonsa. Aldonsa is a loose woman. She's slept with every man in the area, sometimes for money, sometimes not. As a result of this and her abusive childhood, she's lost every trace of self-respect. She's filled with overwhelming guilt and self-hatred. And then one day along comes Don Quixote, striding into her life. He befriends her and begins to woo her by infusing into her life his vision of her. He gives her a sense of dignity, worth, and purpose - he gives her a new vision for herself. He calls her by the Latin ''Dulcinea,'' meaning ''my sweet little one.'' At other times, he ...

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