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The Lais of Marie de France Chapter Summary & Analysis - Le Fresne Summary

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Le Fresne Summary

Two good knights are neighbors. One's wife becomes pregnant and gives birth to twin boys. The other's wife, who is deceitful and cruel, spreads the rumor that having twins is the result of having had sex with two different men. Believing this, the husband of the woman with the twins becomes jealous and locks her away unjustly.

But the deceitful wife gives birth to twin girls later that year. Not wishing to be judged by her own false words, she conspires to have a servant leave one of the girls at a church. She wraps the baby in a fine cloth and ties a large golden ring to its arm. The servant leaves the infant in an ash tree near a large abbey. The child is raised by the abbess and is named Le Fresne.

As Le Fresne grows into womanhood, her beauty becomes well...

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