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Questionable passage in Chaucer. 
23rd-Aug-2005 10:21 pm
Greetings. This is my first post here. I study English lit and enjoy literary slash--or pseudo-slash.

Behind the cut is a stanza which sees Prince Troilus ardently embracing his older friend Pandarus. Pandarus has agreed to help him win the love of his niece, Criseyde. There's a better stanza somewhere in the later books, but I can't find it!

Tho lough this Pandare, and anon answerde,
"And I thi borough? Fy! No wight doth but so.
I roughte naught though that she stood and herde
How that thow seist! but farewel, I wol go.
Adieu! Be glad! God spede us bothe two!
Yef me this labour and this bisynesse,
And of my spede be thyn al that swetnesse."
Tho Troilus gan doun on knees to falle,
And Pandare in his armes hente faste,
And seyde, "God shal helpe us atte laste."


Ref. Info: End of Book 1. [Chaucer, Geoffrey. Troilus and Criseyde. The Riverside Chaucer. Ed. Larry D. Benson. 3rd ed. Boston: Houghton, 1987. 473-585.
24th-Aug-2005 03:10 pm (UTC)
I read T&C a few weeks ago for the first time and thought the Troilus-Pandarus dynamic was suspect as well. General warning to people: if someone offers to set you upwith their niece/best friend/former lover/whatever and then keeps getting involved and generally meddling, run like hell. They may well be after you as well. (Bitter experience talking here.)

Isn't there a fairly strange bit where Pandarus lets Troilus into Criseyde's room?
24th-Aug-2005 06:08 pm (UTC)
Isn't there a fairly strange bit where Pandarus lets Troilus into Criseyde's room?

Indeed! I think that was the part I was trying to find. As I recall, Pandarus literally pushes Troilus up the ladder and into Criseyde's "closet" where the prince falls out and into the lady's bed. Then it gets strange. While the lovers are making love, Pandarus keeps a vigil outside their chamber door. The next morning, he grills Criseyde on what happened, what her "entente" is towards Troilus. Then Pandarus

"With that his arm all suddenly he thrust
Under her neck, and at the last her kissed." (3.1574)

Needless to say, the dynamic between the three is fascinating.
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