Tancred hesitates. He smells a trap, and moreover, he has to hurry to go back to the camp for the 'second round' of the duel with Argantes.
Alfin là dove ne l'herboso prato
Il curvo ponte si congiunge e posa
Ritiene il passo, e par quasi turbato,
Né segue la sua scorta insidïosa.
Ma dal castello un cavaliero armato
Già con sembianza uscìa fera e sdegnosa,
C'havendo ne la destra il ferro ignudo
Parlava in atto minaccioso e crudo:
. . .
Finally, there in the green meadow
On which the bowing bridge's end rests
He stops, and a little puzzled and alarmed,
He does not follow his escort(*) inside.
But already out of the castle came
An armed knight in a fierce countenance
With an unsheathed sword in his hand,
Who in a threatening tone said, (**)
. . .
(*) The self-styled messenger of Prince Bohemond.
(**) Episodes like this appeared several times in Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, but always in a jolly, parodistic atmosphere, quite differently from here.