Tell and Wife

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9/18/12
“Bisclavret”
Bisclavret is a very beloved and noble lord who lives in Brittany with his beautiful wife. He is very dear to the King and all the people who live around him. His marriage is happy except for one thing, he leaves for three days every week and disappears, telling no one where he goes. This bothers his wife greatly and she finally breaks down, begging him to tell her where he goes when he leaves for she tells him she fears he has another lover. He doesn’t want to tell her because he fears he will lose her if she finds out the truth. Bisclavret tells her “I’ll suffer great harm if I tell you: I’ll drive you off, right out of love, And lose my own self if I do.” The wife doesn’t accept his answer and asks him again on many occasions until he finally tells her that he turns into a garwolf when he leaves and lives in the forest.

Bisclavret’s wife doesn’t let on to him that she is bothered by his being a garwolf and asks him many questions about where he goes and if he wears clothes. She nags at him until she finally persuades him she is true to him and would never harm him. He explains the whole process of becoming a garwolf to her and she finds out he must have his clothes to turn back into a man. She wears him down until he reveals that he hides his clothes in an old chapel by the woods.

Bisclavret’s wife is very frightened by what she has found out and decides “she didn’t want ever to share his bed.” She calls for a knight that has loved her for a long time. She had never loved him before now but tells him if he will steal Bisclavret’s clothes when he hides them in the chapel that she will “grant you my love and my body, too: Take me, make me your lover, you!” The knight gratefully accepts her offer and steals her husband’s clothes trapping him in garwolf form.

A year passes until one day the King is out hunting where Bisclavret used to stay. The huntsmen and hounds chase him all day and finally corner him. In fear of being...
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