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The Romance of Tristan

The Romance of Tristan


by Béroul

The Romance of Tristan Part 7 Summary

The Hermit Ogrin I

  • One day, Tristan and Yseut meet a hermit named Ogrin. He tells them that Mark has offered one hundred silver marks for their capture, and that God will pardon the sins of a man who confesses them in good faith. (We're not sure: God is kind of a jokester in this romance, if you think about it.)
  • Tristan explains that he and Yseut love one another because of a love potion, and there is nothing they can do about it.
  • He says he would rather live as a beggar than leave Yseut. Yseut shares his feelings.
  • Ogrin gives them lodging for the night.
  • The couple remains in the woods, avoiding open country. They live on venison that Tristan kills and are troubled by a lack of bread.
  • The word that there is a reward for their capture spreads throughout the whole kingdom.

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