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The Romance of Tristan
The Romance of Tristan Part 8 Summary
Tristan's dog, Husdant, is very sad about Tristan's disappearance. He refuses to eat anything. He scowls and paws the ground with tears in his eyes. Everyone says that if Husdant were theirs, they would let him off his leash. They would not want such a fine dog to go mad. The three barons advise Mark to let the dog off his leash to determine whether or not he is mad. When Husdant is released, he picks up Tristan's scent and follows it, with a crowd of people behind him. Husdant follows Tristan's last journey through Cornwall, eventually leaping out of the chapel onto the beach. When Husdant runs into the forest, the people stop following him. That's a lucky break! Tristan hears Husdant barking and hides, afraid that Mark is tracking him. Husdant greets the group joyfully, but Tristan thinks he has to kill him, afraid that his barking will lead King Mark to them. He asks for Governal and Yseut's advice. Yseut advises him to train Husdant not to bark when hunting, to which Tristan agrees. Tristan begins to train him by stopping him from following prey whenever he begins barking, and after a month, he hunts silently. Husdant is a great help to the group, killing many animals and covering their bodies with branches, then leading his master to them.
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