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Book VI, Canto IV

July 18, 2011

Just then, a savage man happens to come by and witness the spectacle. He feels sorry for Calepine and interferes, beating Sir Turpine by gripping his shield and dragging him off his horse. He chases Turpine through the woods until he’s long gone, then returns to Calepine and Serena.

They’re a bit nervous around the wildman, but he makes signs to them of his good intentions and they follow him into the woods. He shows them his forest dwelling. The savage also heals Calepine’s wound, though Serena’s is beyond his skill.

One day Calepine met a bear with an infant in its mouth. Of course Calepine rushes the bear to save the baby. He chucks a great stone into the bear’s throat and kills it. The baby is unharmed so he carries it away…only to discover that he has gotten lost whilst chasing the bear.

Eventually he hears a women crying and goes to her. In true fairy-tale fashion, this women (named Matilde) is the barren wife of Sir Bruin. Her lord has extensive property but no heir. Matilde recounts a prophecy that a son should “be gotten, not begotten” and Calepine is quickly “Right glad…to be so rid / Of his young charge, whereof he skilled nought”. The baby grows up into a famous knight.

But now Calepine is alone in the woods.


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