Sir Gawain speaks of his mistake, due to his acceptation of the green girdle:

"Accursed be a cowardly and covetous heart!
In you is villainy and vice, and virtue laid low!
Behold there my falsehood, ill hap betide it!
Your cut taught me cowardice, care for my life,
And coveting came after, contrary both
To largesses and loyalty belonging to knights.
Now am I faulty and false, that fearful was ever
Of disloyalty and lies, bd luck to them both
and greed.
I confess, knight, in this place,
Most dire is my misdeed;
Let me gain back your good grace.
And thereafter I shall take heed."


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Work Cited 

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in The Norton Anthology of English Literature 7th ed. vol.1. Abrams, M. H et al. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2000. 207.