Her imagination was already busy upon a drama, of which she was the heroine and Smilash the hero, though, with the real man before her, she could not indulge herself by attributing
to him quite as much gloomy grandeur of character as to a wholly ideal personage.
And there was Don Quixote observing all these strange proceedings attentively without uttering a word, and attributing
the whole to chimeras of knight-errantry.
They talked together, the man wondering at the faltering Arabic of the girl, but attributing
it finally to her defective mentality.
The baron might possibly have perceived it, but, attributing
it to a caprice, feigned ignorance.
Then the Pygmy army would march homeward in triumph, attributing
the victory entirely to their own valor, and to the warlike skill and strategy of whomsoever happened to be captain general; and for a tedious while afterwards, nothing would be heard of but grand processions, and public banquets, a nd brilliant illuminations, and shows of wax-work, with likenesses of the distinguished officers, as small as life.