Exactly as I would speak of my nearest personal friends or enemies, or my most familiar neighbors, he spoke of Sir Bedivere, Sir Bors de Ganis, Sir Launcelot of the Lake, Sir Galahad, and all the other great names of the Table Round -- and how old, old, unspeakably old and faded and dry and musty and ancient he came to look as he went on!
HOW SIR LAUNCELOT SLEW TWO GIANTS, AND MADE A CASTLE FREE
Sir Launcelot put his shield afore him, and put the stroke away of the one giant, and with his sword he clave his head asunder.
As to that, said Sir Launcelot, I will not take your yielding unto me, but so that ye yield you unto Sir Kay the seneschal, on that covenant I will save your lives and else not.
He fought himself into such a formidable reputation, by and by, that Tom could have changed clothes with him, and "ridden in peace," like Sir Kay in Launcelot
The antique volume which I had taken up was the "Mad Trist" of Sir Launcelot Canning; but I had called it a favourite of Usher's more in sad jest than in earnest; for, in truth, there is little in its uncouth and unimaginative prolixity which could have had interest for the lofty and spiritual ideality of my friend.
At the termination of this sentence I started, and for a moment, paused; for it appeared to me (although I at once concluded that my excited fancy had deceived me)--it appeared to me that, from some very remote portion of the mansion, there came, indistinctly, to my ears, what might have been, in its exact similarity of character, the echo (but a stifled and dull one certainly) of the very cracking and ripping sound which Sir Launcelot had so particularly described.
Having rapidly taken notice of all this, I resumed the narrative of Sir Launcelot, which thus proceeded:
In Morte Darthur X.49 (but not in The Boy's King Arthur]) Launcelot
dons female clothing to defeat Dinadan jousting, then forces him to wear like garments to court.
Thus in Sir Thomas Malory's Morte D'Arthur, everyone agrees that Sir Launcelot
's affair with Queen Guinevere is no stain on the honor of either of them just so long as Launcelot
is strong enough to kill in single combat any knight who dares to impugn the Queen's chastity.
Consider, for example, his discussion of the comic moment in Merchant when Launcelot
Gobbo's old father cannot recognize his own son on the street:
Shylock Henry Goodman Antonio David Bamber Bassanio Alexander Hanson Jessica Gabrielle Jourdan Gratiano Richard Henders Lorenzo Daniel Evans Salerio Peter de Jersey Solanio Mark Umbers Launcelot
Gobbo Andrew French Old Gobbo Oscar James Portia Derbhle Crotty Nerissa Alex Kelly With: Michael Wildman, David Burt, John Nolan, Ceri Ann Gregory, Leigh McDonald, Raymond Coulthard, Jack James, Liam McKenna, Charles Millham, Chu Omambala, David Arneil.