The Episode Called The Wedding Jest
1. Concerning Several Compacts It is a tale which they narrate in Poictesme, telling how love began between Florian de Puysange and Adelaide de la ForÍt. They tell also how young Florian had earlier fancied other women for one reason or another; but that this, he knew, was the great love of his life, and a love which would endure unchanged as long as his life lasted.
And the tale tells how the Comte de la ForÍt stroked a gray beard, and said, "Well, after all, Puysange is a good fief--"
"As if that mattered!" cried his daughter, indignantly. "My father, you are a deplorably sordid person."
"My dear," replied the old gentleman, "it does matter. Fiefs last."
So he gave his consent to the match, and the two young people