Edmund Spenser – The Faerie Queene (ctd.)

The lady – whose name, we learn, is Fidessa, or the Faithful – continues her story. As she was wandering the world looking for the corpse of her bridegroom, she was caught by the Saracen, who made her prisoner, but she remained chaste, or he couldn’t win her fort, in Spenser’s parlance. He has two younger brothers, Sans loy (lawless) and Sans joy (no translation required, I hope). But while she is telling her story, the Knight like a typical man, instead of listening, is looking at her boobs. Admittedly, Spenser writes “her face”, but I think we know what he means. Then he professes to become her protector and Fidessa pretends to be shy, but shoots him many encouraging looks. When they are travelling for no apparent purpose, as usually the case is with romances, they come across two trees. These trees seem to under some kind of a curse because no shepherd ever sits down to play under them, but the travellers, unaware of it, seek shade under them because the day is very hot. The knight breaks off a bow to make a garland for Fidessa, but much to his shock he sees blood seeping from the crack and a sad deep voice coming from the tree, telling him not to tear its body and warning both of them to run away ASAP, lest the same fate should befall them as the speaker. The knight gets over his initial shock and asks the speaker “Are you a voice from the Limbo or some wicked spirit?”


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