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Week 12: Reinardus et Ysengrimus.

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Reading #1a: Reinardus et Chantecler (Odo 25)

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Vulpes semel fuit in gallinario.
Supervenerunt homines cum baculis
et miserabiliter fustigaverunt vulpem,
quod vix per foramen evasit.

vix: adverb

 

  who chases the fox out of the henhouse?
Recessit ut potuit,
et super cumulum feni
se proiecit
et gemere incepit.
feni = faeni
  where did the fox go? what did he do next?
Petiit capellanum
quod ad eum veniret
et peccata sua audiret.

quod...veniret/audiret: medieval equivalent of purpose clause with ut

 

  why does the fox summon a chaplain?
Venit igitur Chantecler,
scilicet gallus,
qui est capellanus bestiarum.
capellanus: medieval Latin word, where we get English "chaplain"
  who is the chaplain to the animals?
Aliquantulum timens mores Reinardi,
a longe sedit.
aliquantulum: diminutive of aliquantus
mores: s.v. mos (accusative plural)
  why does the rooster sit far away from the fox?
Reinardus peccata sua confitebatur,
et inter cetera
rostrum suum apposuit
versus capellanum.
versus: preposition
what does the fox do as he confesses his sins?
Et ait capellanus:
Quare appropinquas mihi?
 
  what does the rooster ask the fox?
Et ait Reinardus:
Infirmitas magna me hoc facere facit;
parcatis mihi.
parcatis: subjunctive for imperative; polite 2nd person plural for singular
  how does the fox explain his actions?
Iterum dixit alia peccata,
et, ore aperto,
posuit caput versus gallum
et cepit eum
et devoravit.

ore aperto: ablative absolute

versus: preposition

what does the fox finally do to the rooster?

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