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What will come of it? Ó (2170) The second one said: ÒIÕm surprised to hear you ask such a thing! You know very well I was most upset at her birth and ordained that she would never experience the joy of love as long as she lives. I have cut her off forever from earthly love and human passion. I deprived her of all the benefits of love, even though I 52 Amadas and Ydoine cannot separate her from God. I think she wants to be some kind of saint, for she has no interest in any earthly man. I have taken all joy away from her: you created her beautiful and blonde and I refashioned her as I pleased.

When it saw Amadas the fool running in front of the others, it followed its wicked nature. Seeing that Amadas was naked and unprotected, it leapt up right in front of Countess Ydoine and seized Amadas. It bit his thin, fleshless shoulder with its teeth. A large branch from a huge oak tree lay fallen across the street; Amadas crashed into it, face first, and fell to the pavement ripping all the flesh on his face and nose; clear blood flowed from his shoulder in the sight of all of them, so that his body was all bloody.

You may be sure that he felt very little joy. He did not dare take the chance of marrying a wife in such circumstances and it troubled him. He was dismayed and didnÕt know whether to marry or let it go. But he was so brave that he didnÕt believe in dreams or divination, spells or omens. He did not fear the news at all because he loved the maiden so much and desired her so completely. (2336) He set out at daybreak for Dijon. The Duke had summoned all his vassals and welcomed him joyfully. Just as had been planned, he gave him Ydoine as his wife.

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