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For this reason, my friend, the wise, true, and loyal lover should be prudent and moderate in all his words and deeds. [] Even if those who behave this way are not the strongest or the most numerous in battle, they are often victorious, triumphing in the most ferocious wars. ’ Furthermore, this perfect lover will show all due gratitude to all those who have done, or will do, him a favor, whether it is through their advice, their instruction, or their gifts; thus he will live always according to the principles of Aristotle, who says, Diis parentibus et doctoribus non possumus reddere equivalens.

Therefore, if someone keeps himself from mortal sin—if he loves loyally as I shall explain—he will be saved. ‘‘First, about the sin of Pride: if the lover wishes to obtain the longedfor grace of his lady, he must strive to be agreeable, humble, courteous and gracious, so that no dishonorable words might be uttered about him. This is according to the saying of the wise Thales of Miletus,13 who said: Si tibi copia, si sapiencia formaque detur, sola superbia destruit omnia si commitetur. ’ And with respect to this, Socrates says: Quantumcunque bonus fueris, essendo superbus, totum depravat, te sola superbia dampnat.

THE LADY: ‘‘And as for the rest, concerning other ways the body may be saved, the truly noble lover who has no inclination or directive to do so, need  Jean de Saintre´ not study the virtuous, holy sciences of theology, canon law, or other fields of law. [] All that he need learn is the most noble and illustrious profession of arms. This is the domain where he will acquire honor and the desired favor of his most beautiful lady, by making himself noticed, by presenting himself first in line, and by accomplishing such feats of valor that he causes stories to be told about himself above all others.

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