Study Guide

The Defence of Guenevere Lines 46-48

By William Morris

Lines 46-48

"Nevertheless you, O Sir Gauwaine, lie,
Whatever may have happened through these years,
God knows I speak truth, saying that you lie."

  • After that long, hypothetical "what-if" scenario in which the speaker asked the "knights and lords" to imagine having to choose between heaven and hell with no information to go on, she interrupts herself.
  • Even though she was afraid, for some reason, of dying after Launcelot left, she insists that Gauwaine is lying, and God knows it.
  • Does that name ring any bells? Gauwaine (or Gawain) was also one of King Arthur's famous knights. Maybe you've even read the old story Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

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