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I. A king and queen, Medb and Ailill, talk in bed. Medb claims that Ailill is a kept man who depends on her for wealth, but Ailill maintains he comes from a great and rich lineage and needs none of Medb's wealth. They then compete in a contest to see who has greater wealth. They have servants bring out jewels and gold, and the two's stores match each other. Horses and livestock match each other as well, and then bulls are compared. In this instance, Ailill has the great bull Finnbennach, who came from a Medb cow but refused to serve under a woman. Medb has no such great bull, and is ashamed, becoming intent on having a bull to match her husband. She is told by her right-hand man Mac Roth that the great...

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