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XXXIV

Spoken: Story and Dialogue

So Aucassin lived at Torelore Castle, in the company of his friend Nicolette, spending happy and pleasant days there: didn't he have Nicolette his sweet friend he loved so much at his side?

But in the middle of this joy and pleasantness, a fleet of Saracens appeared from the sea: they attacked the castle that they took by great force and pillaged it; they left with men and women prisoners, among them Nicolette and Aucassin: they tied their hands and threw Aucassin into one boat and Nicolette into another. A storm blew up which separated them.

Aucassin's ship, drifting, ran aground near Beaucaire's castle. The people of that country, rushing up to plunder the wreck, discovered Aucassin and recognized him. Beaucaire's inhabitants, at the sight of their young lord, they were overwhelmed with joy, because Aucassin had stayed for three years at Torelore Castle, and his mother and father were dead. They took him to Beaucaire Castle where they swore homage to him. For the time being, he peaceably governed his country.

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