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Idylls of the King - Pelleas and Ettarre Summary & Analysis

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Pelleas and Ettarre Summary

After losing so many knights in their quest for the Holy Grail, Arthur starts replacing them. One of the replacements is a young man named Pelleas whose sincerity and devotion impress the king. He goes out one day and, while seeking refuge in the shade of trees, hears a group of women laughing and talking. When he approaches them, the head of the party, Ettarre, asks him how to get to Caerleon. They are traveling there for a tournament held by Arthur, the winner of which receives a golden coronet and a knight's sword. Pelleas is at first struck silent by Ettarre's beauty but finally leads them there. Ettarre, realizing Pelleas' feelings for her, asks if he will fight for her in the tournament, promising her love if he does so; overjoyed at the prospect, he accepts.

Pelleas wins the crown for her...

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