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Yet in doing so, he exposes himself to greatest possibility. The seneschal barges again into the chamber-not, most likely, simply because he suspects whatever, yet simply because he has been commanded via the king to be with him in deepest. The king, stumbled on in his adultery, completes his assimilation of the seneschal's id with a last jump into the other's bath, therefore appropriating the seneschal's loss of life besides. in the meantime, the seneschal kills the wife-an act of retribution that finalizes his assumption of the king's public id as meter-out of justice. (Of path, at his demise, the king additionally for the 1st time earns his name of jostise via condemning himself to demise; yet, in place of the seneschal's planned act of judgment, his is unintentional. ) The private irony of Equitan is consequently that the king's get away from the tasks of his public identification, already transparent while the lai starts, is paralleled, because the lai unfolds, via the same get away into the non-public id of the seneschal, and that, whilst the method is entire, the king has destroyed himself bodily in addition to metaphysically. The tight and multileveled development of Equitan would appear to belie, at the least partly, the competition by means of a few critics that it truly is an early and inferior paintings of Marie. In its personal type, it's a hugely comprehensive poem. The selfless provide of the meschine, the woman, which saves Fresne's existence and her mother's acceptance, embodies a mature, deeply ethical reaction to life's probabilities and human relation ships: having been nurtured by way of her mistress, who has enjoyed and adored her, the lady is now able to pay off that past safeguard with a reciprocal manifestation of affection in the intervening time whilst it's going to do her woman the main sturdy. Her gesture prefigures Fresne's the most important reaction of selfless devotion to her lord, Gurun, out of gratitude for his love. even supposing Gurun is ready to marry Codre and abandon Fresne, Fresne, to dignify it, locations her prized ownership, the luxury coverlet within which she was once wrapped via her mom, at the nuptial mattress of Gurun and Codre. by way of this gesture, Fresne makes attainable her mother's discovery of her identification and hence brings in regards to the lai's double denouement: the mummy confesses her sin to her husband and gets her misplaced daughter again into the family members, and Fresne, her noble lineage therefore published, recovers Gurun in marriage. The symbolic act of masking the mattress of her it sounds as if faithless lover is a logo of Fresne's selfsacrifice, which, mockingly, wins her hack her complete id as daughter and as spouse. It additionally stands as testimony to her potential for romance and motion in keeping with gratitude-an component of ethical progress in her personality that imposes linearity at the cycles of fortune during this romance. ultimately, the putting of the swaddling gown at the marriage mattress is a picture of the continuity from iteration to iteration of the impulse to guard these closest to us-and, preferably, all our fellow humans-in the protecting envelope of affection. This impulse to guard and nurture runs throughout the lai, exemplified not just through Fresne and the meschine, yet by means of the abbess, or even through the outdated porter of the abbey who discovers the newborn Fresne and brings her immediately to his personal widowed daughter so the child can he nursed.