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(23) Keen to avoid any slipup on the part of these unimaginative human beings, the parrot spells out how Antiphanor can benefit from the proposed diversion: "E can lo foc er abrassatz, / poiretz intrar per espats, / ab vostra dompna domenjar / e lieis tener et abrassar." "And when the tire is set alight you can easily get in, pay court to your lady, and hold and kiss her" (R 148-51).
There, the poet is prepared perhaps to accept capture by the Saracens, but not adoption of their faith, when he wishes "que lai el renc dels Sarrazis / fos eu, per lieis, chaitius clamatz!" (13-14: the reference may of course simply indicate his "imprisonment" by love).