A pseudo-medieval tale in which the Lord of Mountfidget, hearing of the beauty of the gentle Euphemia, repaired to the Castle of Grandnostrel to assure himself of the truth of her reputed charms. He drove before him a herd of beeves and swine that he hoped to exchange for olives and fruit for which the neighborhood was famous. On the way the herd was attacked by the rinderpest and, by the command of the Queen, was slaughtered and buried ten fathoms deep. Arriving empty-handed at the Castle, the noble Lord was attacked by the guards and wounded in the neck by a poisoned arrow. From her oriel window the gentle Euphemia saw him fall and, hastening to him, applied an antidote made by the Sage Alasco that saved his life.
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