The Lais of Marie de France

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Marie de France

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Guildelüec Character Analysis

Guildelüec is the wise and noble wife of Eliduc. She is sensitive and perceptive, especially where Eliduc is concerned. When she notices that Eliduc is disappearing into the forest every day, she takes matters into her own hands and investigates. After she finds Guilliadun’s body in the forest, she notices a pair of mysterious weasels nearby, one weasel reviving the other with a special red flower. Guildelüec resourcefully takes the flower and uses it to revive Guilliadun as well. When she hears the girl’s story, she is so moved that she decides to release Eliduc from their marriage and become a nun. She later founds her own convent.

Guildelüec Quotes in The Lais of Marie de France

The The Lais of Marie de France quotes below are all either spoken by Guildelüec or refer to Guildelüec. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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XII. Eliduc Quotes

With gentle mien, honest expression and very noble demeanour, he spoke with much breeding and thanked the damsel, Guilliadun, who was very beautiful, for having sent for him to come and talk to her. She took him by the hand and they sat down on a bed and spoke of many things. […] Love dispatched its messenger who summoned her to love him. It made her go pale and sigh[.]

Related Characters: Eliduc, Guilliadun, Guildelüec, Marie de France
Page Number: 114
Explanation and Analysis:

“I have behaved badly! […] Here I have deeply loved a girl, Guilliadun, the king’s daughter, and she has loved me. If I must leave her thus, one of us will have to die, or perhaps even both. But nevertheless I must go, for my lord has summoned me in a letter and required me by my oath, and my wife as well. […] If I were to marry my beloved, the Christian religion would not accept it. Things are going badly in all respects.”

Related Characters: Eliduc (speaker), Guilliadun, Guildelüec
Page Number: 118
Explanation and Analysis:

With its teeth the weasel picked a flower, bright red in colour, and then quickly returned, placing it in the mouth of its companion, whom the servant had killed, with the result that it quickly recovered. The lady noticed this and shouted to the servant: “Catch it! Throw your stick, good man, do not let it escape!”

Related Characters: Guildelüec (speaker), Guilliadun, Eliduc, Marie de France
Related Symbols: Animals
Page Number: 124
Explanation and Analysis:

He often kissed the maiden and she him tenderly, for together they were very happy. When the lady saw how the looked, she spoke to her husband and asked him for permission to leave and to separate from him, for she wanted to be a nun and serve God.

Related Characters: Eliduc, Guilliadun, Guildelüec, Marie de France
Page Number: 125
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Guildelüec Character Timeline in The Lais of Marie de France

The timeline below shows where the character Guildelüec appears in The Lais of Marie de France. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
XII. Eliduc
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...there lived a brave and courtly knight named Eliduc. Eliduc had a wise, noble wife, Guildelüec, and they were happily married for a long time. But one day, Eliduc decides to... (full context)
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...knows that if he asked Guilliadun for her love, he would be acting disloyally to Guildelüec. Distressed, he goes to the castle in hopes of seeing her. While Eliduc is keeping... (full context)
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...wife. But he keeps thinking about Guilliadun, and he acts so depressed and withdrawn that Guildelüec is grieved. Eliduc insists it’s only because he’s still pledged to the king back in... (full context)
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When Eliduc returns home, Guildelüec finds him distraught. Two days later, he heads off into the forest again to check... (full context)
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When Guildelüec finds the maiden on the chapel altar, she knows this is the reason for her... (full context)
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When Guildelüec sees this, she orders her servant to catch the weasel. She quickly takes the red... (full context)
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Guildelüec assures Guilliadun that Eliduc has not betrayed her—in fact, he visits her daily and will... (full context)
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...he is ecstatic. He thanks his wife tenderly and kisses Guilliadun over and over. When Guildelüec sees their happiness, she asks for a separation. After all, even if it weren’t illegal,... (full context)
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...the church is ready, he eagerly joins the pious men there, first placing Guilliadun in Guildelüec’s convent, where Guildelüec teaches Guilliadun her order. They pray that God will show mercy to... (full context)