So, the boys try fruitlessly to get Cully out of the tree.
Wart is afraid to lose Cully, because Hob (the head bird keeper guy) has spent so much time training him. Wart seems to show some good sense here.
Kay takes off, leaving Wart alone at the edge of the forest.
And—oh no! Cully goes deeper into the forest.
We learn that back then, the forest was a dangerous place. There are magicians out there… and outlaws, like Robin Hood.
Wart continues to follow Cully deeper into the forest, until the bird roosts for the night. Wart tries to bed down for the night among some tree roots.
Before he can fall asleep, though, an arrow almost hits him. Then two more arrows almost hit him.
After the initial shock, Wart isn't really afraid (even though he doesn't know who's shooting at him).
Wart sneaks off, and can hear his would-be assassin rustling around trying to find his arrows.
Big mistake. In his desire to get away from the bowman, Wart has lost his way—not to mention Cully.
He gets really hopeless and sad, and thinks that if he gets gobbled up by a magician, it'll be exactly what he deserves.
After the sun sets he finds a knight in the middle of a clearing in the forest.
And what a knight this is. He's kind of clumsy.
Turns out this guy's name is King Pellinore, and he's out searching for a magical creature called the Questing Beast.
He's been hunting this thing for seventeen years. Apparently, it's almost a career for this King.
This Questing Beast sounds pretty fierce. It has the head of a snake, the body of a leopard, the hind end of a lion, and feet like a deer. Oh, and it makes a noise in its stomach that sounds like thirty hounds baying.
Even Pellinore's dog (here called a "brachet") is clumsy. She's wound herself around a tree, and it takes a while for the pair of them to get untangled.
Pellinore gives Wart a big old sob story about how difficult it is to always be following the Questing Beast around.
He gets really happy when Wart tells him that Sir Ector would let him stay the night—and will even let him sleep on a feather bed. Swanky.
Suddenly, the Questing Beast appears, and Pellinore rushes off after the thing.