Tilted Windmills by Ann M. Beardsley is part comic novel and part tragedy. Ann presents Don Quixote as an idealistic noble man whose deceased wife is Dulcinea. He is not "tilting at windmills"; it is the windmills that are tilted. As Professor Torig Ali suggests about Cervantes was doing, Ann's rendition of the story attacks the catholic church and it's expulsion of Jews and Muslims during the inquisition. Some of the original attributes of Don Quixote are found in other characters in Ann's book. The churches later attitude toward science are also part of this story. The tragedy in Ann's story is her own invention and make the reader glad not to be living in Spain during those dark days.