The Romance of the Rose - Lacuna 1 Summary & Analysis

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Lacuna 1 Summary

The narrator answers Reason by saying that the ideal friendship she describes must be very rare. Reason concedes this point but encourages the narrator to have a general love for humanity (charity), even if he is incapable of finding true friendship. At the narrator's request, she then discusses the relative importance of love and justice, arguing in favor of love. Reason also discusses natural love. She then suggests that the narrator should take her as his beloved - after all, as the daughter of God, she is of very noble lineage indeed. She will also keep the narrator safe from the fickleness of Fortune. She returns to her description of Fortune, describing the residence of Fortune as a floating island buffeted by ocean currents where everything, including Fortune's house, is half beautiful or healthy and half ugly and harmful. She draws on many...

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