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For the lady had asked him if the count of Foix, his father, had instructed him to bring her back. He said that when he had left there had been no mention of this, and yet the lady dared not risk it but stayed where she was. The young man of Foix then went to Pamplona to take leave of the king of Navarre, his uncle. The king welcomed him and kept him there for more than ten days, giving marvellous gifts to him and to his followers.' SHF 3-21 sync'The last present the king of Navarre gave him was to be the death of the young man and I will tell you how and why. When the time came for the young man to leave, the king took him aside to his private chamber and gave him a very beautiful little purse full of powder, of such a kind that any living creature who touched or ate it would instantly and inevitably die. "Gaston, my dear nephew," said the king, "you must do as I will explain to you. You can see how the count of Foix has wrongly conceived a deep hatred of your mother, my sister, which is greatly distressing for me as it must be for you. However, to restore things to their proper state and put your mother back on good terms again with your father, when a suitable moment arises, take a little of this powder and sprinkle it on your father's food, taking great care that nobody sees you. As soon as he has eaten some, his one and only wish will be to have his wife, your mother, by his side once again. They will love each for ever more and so passionately that never again will they want to be separated from one another. You must wish this to happen with all your heart. Take great care not to divulge what I have told you to anyone who might tell your father, for you would thereby lose your opportunity."'
'The young man, who gave full credit to everything his uncle, the king of Navarre, told him, replied, "Yes, certainly." Then he left Pamplona and his uncle and returned to Orthez. The count of Foix, his father, naturally welcomed him back. He asked him for news of Navarre and of the gifts and precious objects he had been given there. He showed him everything except the little purse containing the powder, which he knew well how to conceal. Now it was very common at the court of Foix for Gaston and Yvain, his bastard brother, to sleep together in the same room. They were very fond of each other, as young brothers are, and they wore the same tunics and habits because they were about the same size and age. It so happened that on one occasion, playing and jumping around on their beds as boys are prone to do, they exchanged tunics and Gaston's tunic, along with the powder and the purse, fell onto Gaston's brother Yvain's bed. Yvain, who was rather devious, felt the powder in the purse and asked Gaston, his brother, "What is this thing you are always wearing round your neck?" Gaston was not at all pleased to be asked this and replied, "Give me back my tunic Yvain. That is none of your business." Yvain threw his tunic back at him and Gaston put it on. From that day on he was much more anxious than he had been before. Three days later it so happened, as if God was intent on protecting the count of Foix, that Gaston lost his temper with Yvain over a ball game and slapped his face. The young man was outraged and offended and went in floods of tears to his father's chamber, where he found him just after he had heard mass. When the count saw him crying, he asked him, "Yvain, what is the matter with you?" pb 221 v