Criseyde is eventually worn down and she and Troilus become lover, but almost immediately she is sent over to the Greeks in an exchange of prisoners, when her father asks for her to be returned to him. She promises Troilus that she will come back, this becomes impossible for her

Love on earth

It comes in a thousand forms.
A bull rises out of the sea.
A swan plunges. A gold rain falls.
Or a noble heart perceives in itself
Divine agency.
What else is life?
Seize it.



from A Double Sorrow: Troilus and Criseyde Book III (Faber, 2014), © Lavinia Greenlaw 2014, used by permission of the author and the publisher.

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