Gawayne asks Arthur for a gift (remember, Gawayne is King Lotte’s kid) to be made a knight. Then a poor man – cowherde – enters and asks that his son, Torre, be made a knight. However, Merlin knows this cowherde is not Torre’s father (remember Merlin’s powers from the prose Merlin).
Gwenyvere’s father is, obviously, thrilled at the prospect of a marriage to Arthur.
Merlin warns Arthur that Gwenyvere is “nat holsom for hym to take to wyff” because of Lancelot
Balyn and Balan die and are buried together. Merlin takes Balyn’s sword, switches the pomel(I think that’s what he doing?), and then makes sure Lancelot will get this sword so that Lancelot can one day kill the knight Lancelot’s loves best, Gawayne.
The brothers fight. Again we’re back to Malory’s time of civil war, brother against brother, but also the age old myth of Cain and Able curse and fraternal strife. This is a world coming undone (wasteland). When the brothers figure out who the other is, it is too late.
Balyn must joust with a knight to prove he is worthy. He is given a different shield, meaning now is identity is obscured. The challenger knight is actually Balen, but they don’t recognize each other.
Balyn finds the lady sleeping with another knight. Garnysh cuts off the lady’s and this other knights head and then in a state of total despair for killing the lady he loved, he too kills himself. Balyn looks around and decides it’s probably a good idea to just leave since anyone coming along will think he killed everyone and so he just walks away, probably whistling. Balyn is welcomed at a new castle.