The Faerie Queene Questions and Answers: Book III, Cantos vii-xii

Edmund Spenser

Questions and Answers: Book III, Cantos vii-xii

Questions
1. Why does Satyrane believe Florimell dead?

2. What motivates the witch to create the false Florimell?

3. Why does Paridell stay at Malbecco’s castle?

4. Why does Malbecco transform into a living example of jealousy?

5. What situation does Britomart find Amoretta in?

Answers
1. Satyrane sees the witch’s monster eating Florimell’s horse and finds Florimell’s bloodied golden girdle, so he believes Florimell has died because of the monster.

2. The witch’s son is sick with love for Florimell, and her disappearance ruins his state of mind. When the witch tells her son that Florimell is dead, her son goes nearly mad. After consulting the spirits, the witch creates the false Florimell so that her son will have something besides the missing image of Florimell to fixate upon.

3. Although Paridell claims injuries from his fight with Britomart are the reason he stays at Malbecco’s, Paridell really stays to court Hellenore.

4. Malbecco’s young and beautiful wife Hellenore runs off with Paridell and has sex with him, then goes into the woods and lives with satyrs as wife to all of them. When Malbecco finds her and begs her to return to his castle, she refuses. The intense jealousy Malbecco feels causes him to transform out of being a man and into a living example of jealousy.

5. Amoretta is tied to a pillar and her chest is split open when Britomart finds her. Amoretta’s heart is still pumping blood, which Busirane uses as ink with which to write.