Observe, too, how the emperor turns away, and leaves Don Gaiferos fuming; and you see now how in a burst of anger, he flings the table and the board far from him and calls in haste for his armour, and asks his cousin Don Roland for the loan of his sword, Durindana
, and how Don Roland refuses to lend it, offering him his company in the difficult enterprise he is undertaking; but he, in his valour and anger, will not accept it, and says that he alone will suffice to rescue his wife, even though she were imprisoned deep in the centre of the earth, and with this he retires to arm himself and set out on his journey at once.
Other examples include the explanation of Durindana (14.
Bellamy highlights how the mania for the possession of Durindana obscures the Virgilian fountain.
The fictional time of Cervantes's puppet show, however, is before Roncevaux, since Roland is alive and well and curiously reluctant to lend Don Gaiferos his precious sword Durindana
for Melisendra's rescue mission.
and his helmet, for instance, fall into this category.
The identification is ironic, however, since Orlando calls his Durindana
the sword of justice during his duel with Ranaldo).
asks his cousin Don Roland for the loan of his sword, Durindana
, and see how Don Roland does not want to lend it to him" (629).
In the court of Ferrara, moral scruples and political loyalty could be as dangerous as Durindana
or the deadly sword wielded by ferocious Rodomonte.