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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A temporary farewell to arms (4)

[80: 7 - 81: 8]

Qui giunge anchora Eustatio, e i detti approva,
E vuol che senza indugio indi si mova.

Ai lor consigli la sdegnosa mente
De l'ardito garzon si volge e piega,
Tal che, cedendo, di partire repente
Lunge dal campo a' fidi suoi non nega.
Molta intanto vi tragge amica gente,
E seco andarne ogn'un procura e prega.
Ei Ruperto e 'l fratel ricusa anchora,
E 'n disparte con lor si lagna e plora:
. . .

Eustace(*) also has come, and approves of those words; and he urges Richard to leave without delay. To their advice the haughty mind(**) of the bold young man does pay attention, so much so that he gives in, and does not deny his faithful comrades the plan of going immediately away from the Camp. Meanwhile many friends have gathered there, each of them begging Richard to let them come along. But he does not even accept Rupert or his own brother, while complaining and crying with them aside: . . .

(*) Godfrey of Bouillon's lesser brother, as well as a member of the mercenary troops, of which Richard should have been appointed the leader. Precisely the clash with Gernand for that leadership, that ended with the killing of Gernand in a brawl, is the reason of Richard's "exile." See the posts titled Rebel With a Cause (click)
(**) The phrase sdegnosa mente recalls Dante's self-description as alma sdegnosa, "haughty/disdainful soul," in Inferno 8: 44.