And crudely, he caught her by her vagina / And said "Surely, unless I have my way, / For secret love of thee, sweetheart, I perish," / And held her sensuously by the groins.The incongruity lies in the contrast between Nicholas' actions, which are direct, bold, and vulgar, and the words he speaks, which are those of a refined courtly lover who is nobly pining away for a lady far beyond his station (an incongruity that does not come through in a modern English transliteration).A more obvious example of incongruity is the scene between Absalon and Alison at her window. Absalon, the incense thrower, is accustomed to smells that are sweet, exotic, and sensuous. He is effeminate, delicate, fastidious, and yet he is subjected to the ultimate humiliation when Alison presents her "arse" to be kissed and Absalon does so.
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St. Nicholas, Absalon, courtly lover, medieval mystery cycles., strict orthodox view, evil. Nicholas