Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
The Supernatural Quotes
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That is she who is in my castle, the very old lady,
Who is actually your aunt, Arthur’s half-sister,
The duchess of Tintagel’s daughter, whom noble Uther
Afterwards begot Arthur upon, who now is king.
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The allusion to the legend of Arthur’s beginnings in this passage refers to the story of how Uther, in love with a beautiful married woman named Igraine, asked Merlin to change him into her husband for a night so he could sleep with her. On that night, the story goes, they conceived Arthur. Morgan seems to have taken a leaf out of Merlin’s book when it comes to her magic of choice, seeing as how she’s recently shape-shifted Bertilak into the Green Knight.