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Rocinante, horse of Don Quixote. In chapter 1, Cervantes describes Don Quixote's careful naming of his steed: Four days were spent in thinking what name to give him, because (as he said to himself) it was not right that a horse belonging to a knight so famous, and one with such merits of his own, should be without some distinctive name, and he strove to adapt it so as to indicate what he had been before belonging to a knight-errant, and what he then was.