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The Faerie Queene - Study Guide Book 4, Canto 3 Summary & Analysis

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Book 4, Canto 3 Summary

The story of Cambell and Triamond is continued. The three brothers fought Cambell, each was killed, and each gave his lifeforce to Triamond upon death. Cambell dealt two death blows to Triamond, but each time, one of his brother's souls left him. Then, Cambina, the three brothers' sister, showed up, and she urged Cambell and Triamond to peace. Everything was settled: she married Cambell and Triamond married Canacee.

Book 4, Canto 3 Analysis

This was Spenser's way of ending the Squire's Tale that Chaucer left incomplete. Of course, Cambell and Triamond are the perfect examples of friendship. The three brothers also represent different levels of being—Priamond is the vegetative physical aspect, Diamond is the sensitive intellect, and Triamond is the angelic heavenly aspect. 1t is appropriate that Triamond, the highest of the three, should survive. Cambel represents Everyman, and Cambina is Concord.

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