And then six more years. We get a sort of montage, with descriptions of King Pellinore being spied chasing after the Questing Beast, Cully getting older, and the sergeant-at-arms getting chunky.
And, of course, Wart and Kay are growing up fast.
Over the years, Merlyn changes Wart into a number of different animals to help his education along, and he and Kay are excelling at athletics. They are now a match for the sergeant-at-arms in their fencing lessons.
When they are well into their teens, the boys have full suits of armor and real weapons.
Kay starts to become kind of a jerk: he has a temper and likes to challenge people to fights (and he usually gets beaten—serves him right).
As the time for Kay's knighting approaches, the boys grow apart, because Kay thinks it's beneath him to be too close to his squire. What an elitist.
Wart is sad that he is now being ignored by Kay, and sits in the kitchen, moping a bit. He decides it won't be so bad being a servant. He can deal.
Merlyn spends some time describing to Wart the ceremony involved in becoming a knight and what role Wart will play in Kay's upcoming knighting.
Rashly, Wart claims that he would like to be knighted and encounter the world's evil himself.
Merlyn has a strong reaction to this and munches on his beard to avoid speaking. Something's definitely up.