Lancelot - Study Guide Chapter 6 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 6 Summary

Lucy announced at lunch the next day that she was moving to Hollywood to work for Raine. Lancelot argued with her, but she was determined. Lancelot steps out of the story at this point to discuss why he is telling this story. Lancelot says he is reliving his quest, like Lancelot and Percival's quest to find the Holy Grail. Lancelot says it is no coincidence that Harry, whose nickname in college was Percival, is here to listen. Instead of looking for the Holy Grail, however, Lancelot claims his quest was to find sin, the kind of sin that is all around them, like the pornographic theater across the street from the hospital that he can see out his window.

Lancelot returns to his story to tell how he asked Elgin to make a movie for him. Lancelot arranged for Elgin to buy video equipment so that Lancelot can put a hidden camera in each of the guest bedrooms so that he could record what happened in there each night. That same afternoon, Lancelot went to the movie set to watch his wife do a scene in which she was supposed to be playing a librarian who was made love to in the stacks by a mysterious stranger. Lancelot spoke with Janos and Merlin for a while, listening to Janos explain the artistic meaning behind the scene. Merlin clearly was not buying this discussion any more than Lancelot was, so Lancelot rescued him by changing the subject. Lancelot then went into the office and found his daughter discussing Raine's spiritual convictions with the local librarian, who was clearly starstruck.

Lancelot walked home from the set trying to figure out the point to the sexually-charged plot of the movie, a plot that seemed to have no meaning or substance at all. Lancelot tells a story about his grandfather, one in which his grandfather killed a man in a gentleman's duel and had a hearty breakfast afterward. Then Lancelot turns to Harry, whom he now calls Percival, and tells him that he can no longer abide by the sexual freedoms expressed in the world today and will no longer live in this society that does abide them. Lancelot is intent on creating his own world where women will be treated with respect, chivalry and courtesy no matter how they choose to live their lives, . There will not be disrespect for authority or the sexual revolution that has gripped the rest of the world. In Lancelot's New World, there will be no confusion as to whether a woman is moral or amoral.

Chapter 6 Analysis

In this chapter, Lancelot compares his quest to learn the truth about Margot's infidelity with the quest of Lancelot and Percival to find the Holy Grail. Lancelot calls Harry by the name Percival, claiming it was Harry's nickname in college; Lancelot compares the two of them to the Knights of the Round Table from medieval folk lore. Lancelot goes further and suggests that gentlemen duels and other Southern traditions were more chivalrous than the sexual obsession of the current generation. Lancelot has found himself in a world of blurred boundaries that he does not like and has decided he will create his own world that will go back to the traditions of the past, returning to chivalry and chaste women. It is as though Lancelot is blaming sex and a lack of morals for Margot's death rather than his own actions.

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