In class we talk a little about the other couple in the "Joy of the Court" sequence. These two characters, while having a few moments within the story have an interesting role. Their presence within the story I believe is set to drive home Chretain's moral within the story, being both; the importance of balancing ones courtly life and the power of knowledge. I shall refer to the woman in this couple as Nega- Enide during this post.
We can all agreeed that Mabonagrain can be seen as a direct correlation to Eric, for their similarities in manners (his inability to listen, hot headed-ness, sense of loyalty to his lady, etc) and common origin of being part of the nobility.
Enide and Nega-Enide are also very similar in their beauty and passionate love for their men, primarily being showing in risking themselves and others in order to ensure their lovers affection.
So why did Cartien even have them come into the picture?
When looking at these couples we finds their differences speak more than their similarities. Up until there are multiple what if's going through the characters (primarily Enide's) and the readers minds. "What if Enide hadn't said anything that night?" "Would they have continued to stay in bed?" "How will others react to this?" "What if Enide had handled the situation different?"
But then we have "the Joy the Court" and all these questions are answered.
Chretien shows us what would have become of the lovers if they can continued on the path they where on. This path is shown as negative and one of the worst options. The position of the couple, being almost entombed inside the round building suggests a detachment from the world and the isolation that their love has created. Their own lack of distance from each other, Nega-Enide sitting on the couch while Mabonagrain is close by creates the feeling of bondaged that we see lacking in the beginning of Erec and Enides own journey. Thus begins the dual prospective of the two couples and how their paths have lead them to positive and negative outcomes.
One of my questions is how can we see the differences in the couples relate to the proverb in the beginning? How does this dual couple add to the story as a whole? How are we to view Nega- Enide’s action? What are other comparisons that can be drawn between the two couples that show one as negative and the other positive? And finally how does knowledge (or lack there of) come into play with the other couples story?