The Lais of Marie de France

by

Marie de France

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The Bachelor Knight Character Analysis

In “Laüstic,” the bachelor knight, who lives in the region of St. Malo, begins an affair with a married lady, the wife of the fellow knight next door, talking with her through his window at night. As an excuse, the lady tells her husband that she stands by the window listening to the garden’s nightingale each night. After her husband spitefully kills the nightingale, she sends the knight the bird’s body. He places the bird’s body in a golden casket, which he carries around from that day forward.

The Bachelor Knight Quotes in The Lais of Marie de France

The The Lais of Marie de France quotes below are all either spoken by The Bachelor Knight or refer to The Bachelor Knight. 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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VIII. Laüstic Quotes

When the lord heard what she said, he gave a spiteful, angry laugh and devised a plan to ensnare the nightingale. […] When they had taken the nightingale, it was handed over, still alive, to the lord […] She asked her husband for the bird, but he killed it out of spite, breaking its neck wickedly with his two hands. He threw the body at the lady, so that the front of her tunic was bespattered with blood[.]

Related Symbols: Animals
Page Number: 95
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The Bachelor Knight Character Timeline in The Lais of Marie de France

The timeline below shows where the character The Bachelor Knight appears in The Lais of Marie de France. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
VIII. Laüstic
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...wife. The other knight, a man known for his prowess, valor, and generosity, is a bachelor. He desires his neighbor’s wife and keeps offering her his love until she finally accepts.... (full context)
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...summer, when everything is green and blooming, the situation changes. The married lady and the bachelor knight have gotten into the habit of standing at their windows in the middle of... (full context)
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...beloved will understand what’s happened, she wraps up the bird and sends it to the bachelor knight with a message. Though distressed, the knight promptly encloses the nightingale’s corpse in a... (full context)