Chapitre I ~ Journées Indésirables (Undesirable Days)
am called Giselle, fourth daughter of the undisputed King of France. Of age I am fifteen years. This day I am pledged in marriage to Hrolf, The Walker. Rather would I journey directly from my window down onto the stones of the courtyard far below.
Magge is my nurse and my tutor, my confidant, and to me she is as a mother. For my birth-mother, the Queen, conjoins the King, my father, only in ambition. Magge teaches me to read Holy Scripture. Secretly she teaches me to write. She teaches me the Secret Places of women so that I might instruct a husband.
This day Magge weeps. She tells me that Hrolf is called The Walker because he is a warrior so immense that some horses cannot carry him. She weeps that he will split…
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