The Lais of Marie de France

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Marie de France

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La Codre Character Analysis

La Codre is Le Fresne’s twin sister and one of the slanderous wife’s daughters. When she grows up, she marries Gurun, lord of a neighboring estate. However, once the long-lost Le Fresne’s identity is discovered, La Codre’s marriage is annulled so that her sister can marry Gurun instead. La Codre’s feelings about this aren’t mentioned, but she does go on to make her own rich marriage later.

La Codre Quotes in The Lais of Marie de France

The The Lais of Marie de France quotes below are all either spoken by La Codre or refer to La Codre. 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin edition of The Lais of Marie de France published in 1986.
III. Le Fresne Quotes

I have been my own judge: I spoke ill of all women. Did I not say that it has never been the case and we had never seen it happen that a woman has had two children unless she has known two men? Now I have twins and it seems that I am paying the price. Whoever slanders and lies about others does not know what retribution awaits him. […] To ward off shame, I shall have to murder one of the children: I would rather make amends with God than shame and dishonour myself.

Page Number: 62
Explanation and Analysis:

She brought her the ring and the lady looked at it carefully, easily recognizing it and the brocade. She had no doubt, for she now knew for sure that this was indeed her daughter, and, for all to hear, she said openly: “You are my daughter, fair friend!”

Page Number: 66
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La Codre Character Timeline in The Lais of Marie de France

The timeline below shows where the character La Codre appears in The Lais of Marie de France. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
III. Le Fresne
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...persuaded to seek a wife. On his knights’ advice, he approaches a wealthy maiden named La Codre on a nearby estate. The knights point out that “On the hazel there are nuts... (full context)
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...of Gurun’s wedding, all his friends show up, as well as the Archbishop of Dol. La Codre ’s mother, the slanderous wife, comes, too, but she’s worried that Gurun’s lover will get... (full context)
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...covers the bed with it. Later, when it’s time for bed, the slanderous wife brings La Codre into the bedchamber and notices the brocade. She’s never seen another one like it. Trembling,... (full context)
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...and explain everything to him. They all agree that the archbishop should separate Gurun and La Codre the next day, so that Gurun can marry his beloved Le Fresne. Their marriage is... (full context)