"Sir Gawain and the Green Knight"
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The Green Knight appears and challenges King Arthur and his men to chop his head off and in return he will chop their head off in a year and a day.
"If anyone here has the daring to try what I've offered, Leap to me lightly lad; lift up this weapon; I give you the thing forever"(lines 73-75).
Gawain steps up for the king and chops off the knight's head. Afterwards the Green Knight rises , takes his head, and leaves.
"Let the King step down and give Sir Gawain the game!"(lines 146-147).
"Many men know me, the Knight of the Green Chapel; therefore if you seek to find me, you shall not fail"(lines 185-186).
The end of the the year approaches and Gawain sets out to find the Green knight and fulfill his pledge. He comes upon a castle and is invited to stay for a few days with the Lord and his Lady.
"If taking my ring would be wrong on account of its worth, and being so much in my debt would be bothersome to you, I'll give you merely this sash that's of slighter value"(lines 208-210).
The Lord had allowed Gawain to stay with his wife while he hunted, and at the end of each day they must exchange what they have won. On the first two days Gawain only accepts kisses, which he exchanges with the Lord. On the third day the Lady offers a golden ring, which he rejects. The lady then offers a green sash that she says will protect him. He then accepts it.
Gawain then went out and found the Green Knight. The Knight pretends to strike twice. Then on the third time he nicks Gawain. He says that he pretended the first two times because Gawain was true to his word and exchanged his winnings. But he nicked him because he took the scarf.
"So for the first two days, mere faints, nothing more severe . . . You failed me, though on the third exchange, so I've tapped you here"(lines 344-349).
Gawain confesses to the Knight and admits that his actions were not of a true knight. The Green Knight then says that Gawain has paid for his mistake by confessing and offering his head to be cut off.
"I can't deny my guilt; my works shine none too fair! Give me your good will and henceforth I'll beware"(lines 377-380).
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