The Romance of the Rose - Study Guide Lines 1927-2950 Summary & Analysis

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Cupid (Love) calls on the narrator to surrender and enter his service. The narrator succumbs, claiming to be Love's prisoner, vowing to serve him and giving his heart as a hostage to Love. Love instructs him in the duties of a lover, with the narrator prefacing these instructions with a few introductory comments about the importance of this part of the romance. The lover must shun all villainy and be a good example of courtesy, avoiding ribald speech. He must speak the praises of women in general, and must correct anybody who speaks ill of them. He must be diligent in doing the wishes of women, he must not be proud, he must groom himself thoroughly, he must always be cheerful in spite of the pains of love, and he must not be "daungerous" or stand-offish.

In addition, he must learn to be a good...

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