Le Morte D'Arthur
by Sir Thomas Malory
Le Morte D'Arthur Revenge (or Vengeance) Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Page.Line) [from Malory, Thomas. Le Morte D'Arthur. Stephen H. A. Shepherd, ed. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2004. Print.]
And thys Sir Pyonell hated Sir Gawain bycause of hys kynnesman Sir Lamorakes deth; and therefore, for pure envy and hate, Sir Pyonell enpoysonde sertayn appylls for to enpoysen Sir Gawain. (590.42-591.2)
Again, the blood feud between the kinsmen of Pellynore and Lot makes trouble for everybody, not just the major players. This time, the vengeance backfires when the apples meant for Sir Gawain poison another knight instead. In the end, it's Gwenyvere who pays the price, all because this incident took place at a feast she happened to be hosting. This plot point might be an indication that the consequences of the blood feud have reached as high as they can – to the King and Queen. And hey, don't forget that in just a few pages, it will lead to the downfall of the whole Round Table.
"Wyte you well, now I shall make you a promyse whych I shall holde be my knyghthode, that frome thys day forewarde I shall never fayle Sir Launcelot untyll that one of us have slayne that othir. And therefore I requyre you, my lorde and kynge, dresse you unto the warres, for wyte you well, I woll be revenged uppon Sir Launcelot." (659.15-18)
Gawain swears an oath of vengeance here, which tells us just how serious he is about avenging his father's death. After all, keeping his word is just about the most important thing a knight should do. For Gawain, though, it seems to be about more than just keeping his word. Vengeance is a habit he just can't get rid of; here, he even turns on his former friend for what he knows was an accidental killing.