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The meaning of the title 'The Lady and the Unicorn' from the novel by Tracy Chevalier can be found in some famous tapestries on display in a museum gallery in France. The tapestries are kept at Cluny and are called 'The Lady and the Unicorn' cycle because there a few of them - at the Musee Nationale du Moyen-Age Thermes de Cluny in Paris. The title refers to the mysterious properties of powdered unicorn horn and the story of a seductive painter of the court and a young serving wench. The story depicts love mediaeval-style and takes place at the end of the middle ages. The tapestries turn out to be the only way an artiste can express cross-class love. It is important to remember that the tapestries and historical events provide only an inspiration for a love story - it did not set to be a historical work.

carlwagner2 | Student

It is Humble Jewett's declaration of love for Amarantha who happens to be wearing awkwardly a new pair of shoes in this story. The reference of course is to the verse in the Bible's Song of Solomon which begins "How beautiful are thy feet with shoes..."

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