It is a most knightly largesse, and yet withouten
money how can man rise?
Whe fe do" is also a protest in the sense that it is a calculated defiance against the social condition and a gutsy will to stand up and live," withouten
cry, nor yet complain.
She offers her faith, her "bileve" (63), in return for Mary's help and notes that "feith is deed withouten
werkis" (64) by which it is made manifest and kept alive.
that esily and weel Kan in the space of o day natureel-This is to seyn, in foure and twenty houres- Wher-so yow lyst, in droghte or elles shoures, Beren youre body into every place To which youre herte wilneth for to pace, Withouten
wem of yow, thurgh foul or fair; Or, if yow lyst to fleen as hye in the air As dooth an egle whan hym list to soore, This same steede shal bere yow evere moore, Withouten
harm, til ye be ther yow leste, Though that ye slepen on his bak or reste, And turne ayeyn with writhyng of a pyn (V: 115-127).
But the formal interactions of the literal and the figurative in each text are much more revealing: the physical beauty and perfection of the Dreamer's "perle withouten
spot" will alter in meaning to signify spiritual perfection as well (12), just as the perfectly formed Psyche will follow a similar course in the narrative and become spiritually pure, with Orual's ugliness conversely mirroring her spiritual ugliness.
Then the "Ladies' Gard" locates Jehane and the knights of the castle prepare for this army by manning "the walls withouten
First, there are the obedient but insensitive sons: "Beis mery modir, and mende youre chere;/ This worlde beis drowned, withouten
ye, thorough the paas of Aulton Poverte myghte passe withouten
peril of robbyng
Then sawgh I but a large feld, As fer as that I myghte see, Withouten
toun, or hous, or tree, Or bush, or grass, or eryd lond; For al the feld nas but of sond As smal as man may se yet lye In the desert of Lybye.
An hydeous hole al vaste, withouten
shape, | Of endles depth, orewhelmde with ragged stone, | Wyth ougly mouth, and grisly Jawes doth gape' (ll.
like a ship in midst of tempest left Withouten
helme or Pilot her to sway, Full sad and dreadfull is that ships event: So is the man that wants intendiment.
The Cristene folk that thurgh the strete wente In coomen for to wondre upon this thyng, And hastily they for the provost sente; He cam anon withouten