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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. As for characterization, the presentation of Alison is filled with details that identify her as some 
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