The Song of Roland - Part 6 Summary & Analysis

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Part 6 Summary

Stanza 39 - Marsile apologizes for almost striking Ganelon, and swears by the fur cloak Ganelon dropped that by the following evening he'll make appropriate amends. Ganelon expresses his gratitude, and promises that Marsile will not regret it.

Stanza 40 - Marsile vows friendship to Ganelon, and then asks what he truly thinks of Charles, suggesting that he's old and tired. Ganelon tells him respectfully that he's mistaken, that Charles is still considered a great man and would rather die than break faith with his people.

Stanzas 41, 42 - In both these stanzas the same essential content is defined through slightly different phrasing. Marsile comments that he's amazed on how well and how long Charles has survived, adding that he must be longing for peace. Also in both stanzas, Ganelon tells him peace will not be possible as long as Charles is influenced by Roland, commenting that Roland's friend Oliver...

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