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The introduction of the Black Night in the Book of the Duchess provides an interesting redirection of focus regarding the narrators tale of suffering Such focus turns towards the Black Night and his story as the narrator gains compassion beyond himself and probes into the pains of the knight However the dynamics between them are not founded in brotherly-like support instead the narrator although actually inferior to the knight ironically appears emotionally superior acting more like a fatherly figure willing and able to resolve the knights conflicts while concurrently offering the narrator insight into as well as alleviation from his own pains Interestingly in taking a psychological perspective the narrator seems to have created another self in his dream in order to resolve his own love sickness Although the narrator does not digest most of the knights complaint he creates an illusion that he listens well to the Black Knights story and offers confirmation of this inconsistency Ye han wel told me herebefore Hyt ys no nede to reherse it more lines 1127-1128 Ironically the narrator prompts the Black Knight to continue his story and offer more details But wolde ye tel me the manere To hire which was your firste speche lines 1130-1131 yet the end of the story shocks the reader into the realization of the constant discrepancieswithin the narrators character and whether he is truly understanding the knights complaint However one can merely interpret the narrators incoherency as a social defect or in the alternative as a necessity enabling him to probe himself and listen to his own tale of love and loss at a distance while ensuring that no part of the grieving process is left un-addressed Indeed while it is acknowledged that almost any knight could fill the role of a heart-broken lover it seems particularly relevant that the narrator specifically encounters the Black Knight Perhaps it is to foster this idea of emotional likeness as
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