Sir Gawain

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     "Ye, but abide, King, and here me a stound;
     First thou shalt swere upon my sword broun
     To shewe me at thy coming whate wemen love best in feld
     and town;
     And thou shalt mete me here witheouten send
     Evin at this day twelve monethes end;
     And thou shalt swere upon my swerd good
     That of thy knightes shalle none com with thee, by the rood,
     Nouther frende ne firend.
     And if thou bring not answere witheoute faille,
     Thine hed thou shalt lose for thy travaille--
     This shalle nowe be thine othe.
     What sayst thou, King? Let see, have done!"
     "Sir, I graunt to this, now let me gone;
     Thoughe it be to me fulle lothe,
     I ensure thee, as I am true king,
     To com again at this twelve monethes end
     And bring thee thine answere."

In this monologue, Gromer Somer Joure tells King Arthur that in order for him to save his own life he must find the answer to the question, what do women most desire?

King Arthur then must return to the same exact location to meet with him in exactly twelve months to the day. If by then King Arthur returns with the right answer, Gromer Somer Joure will spare his life, or else he will kill him. One of the stipulations is that Arthur must find the answer on his own.

King Arthur agrees to return to the same place in a year's time and then asks Gromer Somer Joure to allow him to leave so he can begin looking for the answer.

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This link is from The Camelot Project at the University of Rochester. It shows the medieval version of "The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnell."


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