The Once and Future King
Chapters Read: 4-14
Pages Read: 80
“The Queen of Air and Darkness”—Completed
The Once and Future King—324
Final Thoughts on Part Two:
- So much incest. [Shudders]
- That Agravaine is terrible!
- The chapter in which Morgause’s sons capture and kill the unicorn was so disturbing I got teary-eyed and angry. Even though it was so terrible, it is my favorite part. So far.
- Wait… has Merlin warned Arthur about Lancelot and Guenever? Or not?
- Nimue—I know that name. Why do I know that name?
- Oh, Arthur. What have you done?
Everything had begun to be horrible, and the once beautiful animal was spoiled and repulsive. All of them loved the unicorn in their various ways, Agravaine in the most twisted one, and, in proportion as they became responsible for spoiling its beauty, so they began to hate it for their guilt. Gawaine particularly began to hate the body. He hated it for being dead, for having been beautiful, for making him feel a beast. He had loved it and helped to trap it, so now there was nothing to be done except to vent his shame and hatred of himself upon the corpse.
It is the tragedy, the Aristotelian and comprehensive tragedy, of sin coming home to roost.
… it seems, in tragedy, that innocence is not enough.
“The Ill-Made Knight”
Chapters Read: 1-20
Pages Read: 90
“The Ill-Made Knight”—109
The Once and Future King—234
Thoughts & Observations:
- Guenever is a terrible person. Absolutely terrible. I hate her.
- Lancelot is much more sympathetic than I expected, but a selfish idiot.
- Arthur is a fool, and I am sad for him.
- But the person I side with in this ridiculous mess of a love story is Elaine. Poor, poor Elaine.
“It was not enough for me to conquer the world—I wanted to conquer heaven too.”
Lancelot, Chapter 14
Arthur was not one of those interesting characters whose subtle motives can be dissected. He was only a simple and affectionate man, because Merlyn had believed that love and simplicity were worth having.
“You have won him, and you have broken him. What will you do with him next?”
Elaine to Guenever, Chapter 18
Final Thoughts on the Fantasy Read-A-Thon:
Well that was fun, even though I still haven’t finished my book. I’ve also managed to buy two more books to read during this read-a-thon. I’m probably the only person in the world who wants to hurry up and finish what I am reading so that I can read Shakespeare, but then I am a nerd.
The good thing is that I’m hooked on this story, so I will finish it. I’ve read a little more today already, and it is fantastic.