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XXX

Spoken: Story and Dialogue

At these words, Aucassin took all the blankets covering the king and threw them across the room. Seeing a staff behind him, he went to get it, came back and struck: he beat the king within an inch of his life.

"Ah! Ah! dear lord," said the king, "what do you want from me? Are you crazy, beating me in my own house?"

"By the Sacred Heart!" said Aucassin, "Dirty son of a whore, I'll kill you, if you don't promise me that never again will a man in your kingdom rest in bed after a birth."

The king promised him. The promise made,

"Lord," said Aucassin, "bring me to the place where your wife is commanding the army."

"Gladly, sir," replied the king.

He mounted a horse, and Aucassin mounted his own, since Nicolette was staying in the queen's rooms. The king and Aucassin rode out and reached the place where the queen was, and walked straight into a battle of overripe apples, eggs, and fresh cheese. Aucassin began looking at them, filled with surprise.

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