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page 49 of 960 of Sir Thomas Malory: Le Morte Darthur: The Definitive Original Text Edition

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Balyn gives it a tug, is successful. Balyn is a poor knight and is not even well dressed, but he is worthy. Lady Lyle wants the sword back, but Balyn refuses to give it back.

Balyn’s sword is a cursed sword, Arthur’s sword is charmed. A sword represents the holders personal and moral limits. Arthur’s 1st sword (of the rock) broke because he was not to kill Pellinore. Swords r talismans calling forth adventures

page 48 of 960 of Sir Thomas Malory: Le Morte Darthur: The Definitive Original Text Edition

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Lady Lyle’s sword can only be removed from the sheath by knight who is worthy. She tried at King Royns court (he’s the guy from Ireland who wanted Arthur to pay tribute) but they all failed. All the knights at Camelot give it a pull, but they all fail, too, even Arthur because he is guilty of incest. This is an important judgment on Arthur’s character.

page 47 of 960 of Sir Thomas Malory: Le Morte Darthur: The Definitive Original Text Edition

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Balyn is an episodic romance. All his good intentions lead to catastrophe (he’s a tragic character). This brother vs brother fighting alludes to Malory’s time of civil war which leads to a “wasteland” as the result of all the fighting and bloodshed. This tale is from around 980 and is an old-fashioned knight/story. He’s good because of his loyalty, but his breaking of court law for his own justice is his error

page 46 of 960 of Sir Thomas Malory: Le Morte Darthur: The Definitive Original Text Edition

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Herod / Arthur juxtaposition. Just as Herod tried to kill all the children born when Jesus was, so does Arthur in an effort to get rid of Mordred. However, Mordred survives and is raised in secret. This also has the effect of pissing off a good number of parents in the realm whose children were murdered.

The cracks in the realm’s foundation grow a little larger.

page 44 of 960 of Sir Thomas Malory: Le Morte Darthur: The Definitive Original Text Edition

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She also wants him to take the scabbard (because it’s actually better than the sword). Merlin asks Arthur which he prefers and, of course, Arthur think the sword is better which, of course, is the wrong answer. The scabbard will protect him and he shall lose no blood or be sore wounded as long as he has the scabbard. Sword=killing, death, talisman of authority,male. Scabbard=life,chain of immortality,female.

page 43 of 960 of Sir Thomas Malory: Le Morte Darthur: The Definitive Original Text Edition

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This Pellinore is going to be the father of Percyvall and Lamorake. They come to THE LAKE, (“strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.”) Lady of the Lake wants a gift in return for giving Arthur the sword.

page 42 of 960 of Sir Thomas Malory: Le Morte Darthur: The Definitive Original Text Edition

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Merlin has to save Arthur from this knight (enchantment of sleep), who is Kynge Pellynore / Pellinore (this gets confusing which one, but I think it’s supposed to be Pellinore since Pellynor was chasing the questing beast). Anyway, Merlin says this knight is a good knight who will “do you good servyse” later.

page 40 of 960 of Sir Thomas Malory: Le Morte Darthur: The Definitive Original Text Edition

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12 knights from Rome show up and demand “trewage” (tribute to the emperor). Arthur refuses. Arthur saves Merlin from three chorlis. Arthur meets the knight who beat Gryfflet in the joust (knight is sitting in a chair) and asks why the custom exists for this knight to joust everyone who passes by the fountain.