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On Christmas day, King Arthur and his round table encounter a knight, as green as grass, who has an odd request
"You will grant me gladly the little game that I ask as my right" (Lines 55-56)
The Green Knight's challenge was excepted. "Sir Gawain laid hold of the ax and he hefted it high...and then, swiftly, he slashed at the naked neck" (215)
Gawain leaves for the Green Chapel, a year and one day later, per the knights request. "After riding through wild country and encountering many dangers, he comes upon a splendid castle" (216)
Sir Gawain arrives at the chapel. The lord's lady there tries to seduce him. "Gawain resists her, however, and on the first two days accepts only kisses (216).
"I'll give you merely this sash that's of slighter value" (Line 210).
"Gawain arrives in a wild, rugged place where he sees no chapel, but hears the sound of a blade being sharpened. Gawain calls out, and the Green Knight appears with a huge ax" (218).
"I can't deny my guilt; my works shine none too far! Give me your good will and henceforth I'll beware" (lines 376-380).
Sir Gawain lays down waiting for his head to be chopped off. The Green Knight spares his life, and he reveals that he is in fact the lord. He explains that he spared Gawain's life due to his chivalry and honor.
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