The Lais of Marie de France

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Marie de France

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The young man falls in love with the lord of the Pistrians’ daughter. Instead of eloping, they agree to obtain a strengthening potion from the young woman’s aunt. This will allow the young man to successfully carry the daughter up the mountain, fulfilling the lord of the Pistrians’ quest and winning her hand. The young man’s flaw, however, is that he “knows[] no moderation.” In his haste to carry her up the mountain, he disregards the potion, and though he reaches the top, he immediately dies of heart failure. The lord of the Pistrians’ daughter dies of heartbreak soon after, and she and the young man are buried together in a marble coffin atop the mountain.

The Young Man Quotes in The Lais of Marie de France

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VI. Les Deus Amanz Quotes

The king led his daughter into the meadow towards the Seine, where a great crowd gathered. She wore nothing but her shift, and the young man took her in his arms. The little phial containing the potion (he well knew that she had no wish to let him down) was given to her to carry, but I fear it will be of little avail to him, because he knew no moderation.

Page Number: 84
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VI. Les Deus Amanz
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A noble young man , a count’s son, lives in that country and often visits the lord of the... (full context)
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Excitedly, the young man returns to Normandy and quickly approaches the lord of the Pistrians, ready to carry his... (full context)
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The young man carries her halfway up the mountain, so happy that he doesn’t think about the potion.... (full context)