In the mid 1580s, he was 40 by then, Cervantes worked as a tax collector and lived in Velez-Malaga, just down the hill from us. It is likely Cútar was part of his jurisdiction. That meant he came up the road at times, knocked on people’s doors, invited himself in, had a chat, a glass of wine, and convinced those who owed money to pay off a sum. Apparently he was pretty good with people. Maybe he sat in our kitchen. Parts of the house most certainly stood here then.
When Don Quixote was released, Cervantes was close to 60, and by the standards of the time, he must have seemed pretty old. He also must have had many memories of his stay around here, because Velez-Malaga is mentioned three times in the novel.
When I was younger, I thought one would have it all figured out by the age of almost 60. Now I know better. I didn’t think I’d have a house that Cervantes possible visited either. I guess it’s of no use getting carried away by it all.
“... he who's down one day can be up the next, unless he really wants to stay in bed, that is...” Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote