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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Quotes

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Man and the Natural World Quotes

The horse that he rides [is] entirely of that colour,in truth.A green horse huge and strong,A proud steed to restrain,Spirited under bridle,But obedient to the man.(173 - 178)

Principles Quotes

"I am the weakest [of your knight], I know, and the dullest-minded,So my death would be the least loss, if truth should be told;Only because you are my uncle am I to be praised,No virtue I know in...

Rules and Order Quotes

There knights fought in tournament again and again,Jousting most gallantly, these valiant men,Then rode to the court for dancing and song.For there the festival lasted the whole fifteen daysWith al...

Appearances Quotes

Queen Guenevere [sat] gaily dressed and placed in the middle,Seated on the upper level, adorned all about;Fine silk surrounding her, a canopy overheadOf costly French fabric, silk carpets underfoot...

Respect and Reputation Quotes

But of all those who dwelt there, of the British kings,Arthur was always judged noblest, as I have heard tell.(25 - 26)

Tradition and Customs Quotes

The king spent that Christmas at CamelotWith many gracious lords, men of great worth,Noble brothers-in-arms, worthy of the Round Table,With rich revelry and carefree amusement, as was right.(36 - 39)

Time Quotes

When the siege and the assault were ended at Troy,The city laid waste and burnt into ashes […](1 - 2)

Awe and Amazement Quotes

And far over the French sea Felix BrutusOn many broad hillsides settles Britain        with delight;    Where war and grief and wonder   ...

The Supernatural Quotes

All those standing there gazed, and warily crept closer,Bursting with wonder to see what he would do;For many marvels they had known, but such a one never;So the folk there judged it phantasm or ma...

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