Galahad: Enough of His Life to Explain His Reputation

Galahad: Enough of His Life to Explain His Reputation

Galahad: Enough of His Life to Explain His Reputation

Galahad: Enough of His Life to Explain His Reputation

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TWICE in his life a woman asked Lancelot for his love. Two very different women, both named Elaine. But as all the world knows, Lancelot cared for no woman except Guinevere.

To take the second incident first. In his middle age he came to the house of Sir Bernard of Astolat, who had a daughter. She was called Elaine the White, from her appearance and because she knew nothing of the world. This is the Elaine we usually hear of. The old books say she loved Lancelot incurably and died of it.

Their words at parting are recorded.

"I would have you for my husband."

"I thank you," said Lancelot, "but I shall never be married man."

"Then, fair knight, will you be my paramour?"

"God forbid!" said he. "Your family would not like it."

"Then alas," said she, "I must die of love. . . ."

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