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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

by Anonymous

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Part 2, Lines 842 - 1045 Summary

  • The lord of the castle seems to be a brave and strong knight in the prime of his life.
  • He shows Gawain to a room where he can stay, and even assigns him some servants.
  • The room is quite fancy, decked out with embroidered silks, tapestries, and a comfy carpet.
  • He changes into some nice robes, and everyone admires him, thinking him the most handsome knight ever.
  • Gawain is getting seriously pampered. He sits by the fire and servants bring him tasty stews, fish, and breads to eat and wine to drink.
  • The servants question him and are impressed to hear that he is one of King Arthur's knights.
  • The lord is happy to learn that his guest is Sir Gawain. Gawain, apparently, has quite a reputation. He's known for his skill as a knight, his virtue, and also for his good manners. We get the impression that he's also a bit of a ladies' man.
  • After dinner Gawain, the lord, and his lady (the lord's wife) go to chapel. The lord tells Gawain that he's the most welcome guest in the world, and asks Gawain to sit with him during the service.
  • The lady of the castle is stunningly beautiful. Gawain even thinks she's prettier than Queen Guinevere.
  • The beautiful lady is accompanied by ancient-looking lady, who seems to be much respected by the local knights.
  • Gawain heads over to the women and, gallant knight that he is, declares that he's at their service.
  • After the service, the lord, lady, and their friends share some spice cakes and wine with Gawain, and the lord tries to entertain them.
  • The next morning is Christmas, and everyone feasts.
  • The old woman sits next to the lord. Gawain gets to sit next to the beautiful lady, and they have a grand old time. In fact, the narrator says that they have the best time of anyone at the feast.
  • The holiday is celebrated with three days of festivities, and then the guests leave.
  • Gawain goes to say goodbye to the lord, who seems sorry to see him go. The lord tries to get Gawain to stay a bit longer, but the knight says that he has to leave.
  • It's good to know that despite all the partying, Gawain hasn't forgotten his promise to the Green Knight.
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