Idylls of the King - The Passing of Arthur and To The Queen Summary & Analysis

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The Passing of Arthur and To The Queen Summary

Arthur sleeps in camp before it is time to continue his campaign against Modred. He ponders aloud why God has let this befall him, for he always strove to do God's will. He is visited by the ghost of Gawain—slain by Lancelot's army—which tells him that he will die the next day. Sir Bedivere tries to reassure the king and tells him to dismiss Gawain. They push Modred's forces back until they reach the ocean, whereupon the battle is engulfed by a thick mist which causes great confusion. When the mist lifts, everyone is dead except for Arthur, Sir Bedivere, and Modred. Arthur slays Modred, but not before Modred mortally wounds him. Sir Bedivere takes Arthur to a nearby chapel and tries to tend his wounds. Arthur, sensing that...

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