She reportedly also had a book collection worth more than €20 million, including a first edition of Don Quixote from 1605.
He had gone on to such projects as a 28-foot marionette for the 1965 Balanchine production of Don Quixote.
They portrayed the Secretary as a kind of well-meaning but naïve Don Quixote flailing vainly against windmills.
an enthusiastic but impractical and idealistic person; also written Quixote
for Don Quixote of Cervantes' novel
(1605–1615) A novel by Miguel de Cervantes. The hero, Don Quixote (don is a Spanish title of honor), loses his wits from reading too many romances and comes to believe that he is a knight destined to revive the golden age of chivalry. A tall, gaunt man in armor, he has many comical adventures with his fat squire, Sancho Panza.
Note: A person who is both idealistic and impractical is often said to be “quixotic.”