This makes me think more of the riddling love-talk in metaphors that
lovers exchange--like Cu's riddling with Emer. The point being they are
so much on the same wavelength that they can speak to each other in the
presence of an audience who are left in the dust as to what they're
really talking about.
However, the storyteller tells us this was a habit of theirs, and MF
seems to be the one who gives out Couplet 1, which he would scarcely do
unless he wanted to engage her this way.
He could be taunting her...verse is used for that too...so as not to
obviously slag her in public, he uses cryptic verse...
Liz Gabay wrote:
> Here's the next line:
> 120] Do-gníth-som ón cech n-iadchi do airiuc thuli di-ssi.
> I wonder if verse challenges (where a person is tested based on how
> they reply to a verse) are found in other old Irish stories. Liz Gabay