Ginés de Pasamonte

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Ginés de Pasamonte
Don Quixote character
First appearance Part I, Chapter 22 (as prisoner)
Last appearance Part II, Chapter 26 (as puppet master)
Created by Miguel de Cervantes
Aliases Ginesillo de Parapilla
Gender Male
Occupation Thief, writer, puppet-showman
Nationality Spanish

Ginés de Pasamonte is a fictional character in Miguel de Cervantes' novel Don Quixote.

Ginés first appears as a criminal freed by Don Quixote in the 22nd chapter of the first part of the novel. After his release, he escapes Don Quixote and the guards. He later reappears as Maese Pedro, a puppet-showman who claims that he can talk to his monkey, on the 26th chapter of the second part.

He also stole Sancho's donkey, but for some reason that part has been omitted from the first edition.

Prior to his release by Don Quixote, Ginés tells him that he is in the process of writing his own autobiography. Don Quixote interrogates this writer about his book;

This is the only reference to the popular novel Lazarillo de Tormes in the whole book, and it acts as an alterego for Don Quixote's will to be a literary hero in his own lifetime.


  1. ^ "Don Quixote, Chapter XXII". English Translation by John Ormsby, 1885. Retrieved December 2008.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)