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Book VI, Canto VI

July 19, 2011

The hermit tries all his potions on the wounded to no avail. He recognizes that the cure will be mental instead of physical. He gives a speech in stanza 7:

For in your selfe your onley helpe doth lie,
To heale your selues, and must proceed alone
From your owne will, to cure your maladie.

He teaches them the history of the Beast, bred in the Stygian pit by its monster parents Echidna and Typhaon. He emphasizes that no salves will be able to heal them, only mental discipline. They must remove themselves from situations in which evil may arise. He advises that they live ascetically and never gossip. With this wisdom their wounds heal soon and Timias and Serena are able to leave together.

The story switches to Arthur, who has gone with the savage man to find Sir Turpine. By chance he finds the gate of the castle open and rides inside the hall. Arthur feigns that he is injured when the household servant questions him. When the servant moves to push him outside the savage man rips him apart. This leads to a big fight that ends with Arthur and the savage man amidst a pile of bodies. Then Turpine arrives with 40 men. Arthur focuses on Turpine himself and ends up chasing him all the way into his upstairs chamber where Blandina was waiting. He fall son the ground and shakes like a coward. She covers him with her dress and begs for his life. Arthur is dismayed at the knight’s cowardice, and lets him live on the condition that he never call himself a knight or bear arms again.

Arthur finds the savage man still killing. He gives him the order to stop, preventing him from attacking Turpine. They stay the night in that castle, with Blandina entertaining them. Spenser points out that she is not genuine, and manipulates with her words.

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