One of my favorite fictional character is Don Quixote de la Mancha. From The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. First volume published in 1605, in Spain. He is so profound, I simply love the way he expresses himself, not to mention his recruit Sancho Panza. Those two make a unique delightful pair.
In Obregon City where I grew up, there was a statue of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza at the city’s entrance. I saw that statue many times during my childhood, but one particular time, I remember staring at it. It seem so mystical to me. Then I turned to my dad and ask. “Pa’ is Don Quixote a real person? after a moment he gazed back at the statue as we walked pass it and then responded “Well, if someone bothered to make a statue of him, he better be a real person don’t you think?”
It was years later until I came across Don Quixote’s story, and after reading part of the original book I found him more real and more mystical then ever. I’m so glad someone bothered to make a statue of him and placed it in a central place in my small city.