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In the meantime, if you please some pretty married lady there's no harm in making her happy so long as you are discreet about it. No harm in this life, I mean; you know your catechism. But chastity is too much to expect from a man, though most men take it for granted in their womenfolk. For the rest, say your prayers night and morning, try not to get excommunicated, and remember that by now your grandmother is probably out of Purgatory and can see from Heaven everything you do. " My father was more practical.

And so began the married life which still continues as I write, and which I have never regretted since first we met in that far-off enchanted land. At the beginning of Advent I rode in my first foray against the wild Esclavons. These miserable creatures wander on foot in twos and threes, with no weapons save axe and dagger. If you catch them you can kill them without trouble; but they are very hard to catch, since they skip over the crags like goats.

The marble gatehouse above has been made into a small but luxurious palace for the Megaskyr and his household. In this wonderful setting the lady Isabel de la Roche, daughter of the Megaskyr of Satines, was married to Sir Geoffrey de Bruyere of Escorta, a baron of the conquest of Lamorie. Afterwards the whole company feasted at long tables in the open air, in the village below the citadel. Naturally I was placed far from the high table, but in that clear air you see every detail. The de la Roches and their household seemed to be mostly jolly, red-cheeked Burgundians, rather coarser and more beefy than true Frenchmen; but the lady Isabel was beautiful.

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