The two Palace officials, however, said they are wepen
to lifting martial law in areas with improved security situations.
Upon Menelaus's discovery that Paris has abducted his wife and ransacked the temple of Cythera, his grief must be contained by his brother Agamemnon, who counsels him to "Make ther good face and glad in port the feine" and dissuades him "nat to wepen
as women in her rage, / Whiche is contrarie to an highe corage" (4367, 4378-79).
"O woful eyen two, syn youre disport Was al to sen Criseyde eyen brighte, What shal ye don but, for my discomfort, Stonden for naught, and wepen
out youre sighte, Syn she is queynt that wont was yow to lighte?
We hear this not only as a tale of sorrow, but as a sorrowing tale, to re-echo Chaucer's echo of the Aeneid in Troilus and Criseyde: "This woful vers, that wepen
as I write" (I.
Unlike the narrator of Chaucer's poem who claims to "wepen
as I write" (Troilus 1, 7), Nick remains emotionally reticent.
Thai [the French peasants] gon crokyd, and ben feble, not able to fight, nor to defend the realm; nor thai haue wepen
, nor money to bie thaim wepen
(42) Instead, when Kempe describes anti-Margery speech, she commonly characterizes it as slander, a term Kempe first uses when Margery's neighbors question the authenticity of her tears ("ower mercyful Lord vysyted pis creatur wyth plentyuows teerys of contricyon day be day, in so mech pat sum men seyden sche myght wepen
when sche wold & slawndered pe work of God" ), and then consistently deploys throughout the Book whenever Margery's devotional practices come under attack.