PRIVATELY Re: [Milton-L] Eve's curls (reply to Jim Rovira)

Carol Barton cbartonphd1 at verizon.net
Mon Sep 7 18:24:40 EDT 2009


Hi, Jeffery!

I'll be glad to argue this point. In case it isn't obvious, Gawain is one of my favourites. 

Fair warning, though: I see him as an analogue of Jesus in Gesthemane . . .

;o)

All best,

Carol
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Horace Jeffery Hodges 
  To: John Milton Discussion List 
  Sent: Monday, September 07, 2009 6:20 PM
  Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Eve's curls (reply to Jim Rovira)


        Gawain has come up repeatedly in this discussion, and Carol remarks:

        ". . . Gawain, who is impervious to every temptation save the one that touches the heart of his terror -- that the Green Knight will exact his just reward, and thus furtively accepts the kirtle, and conceals the gift from his host--duplicity in which he would not otherwise engage."

        I disagree on this interpretation of Gawain's sin. I think that he has already fallen for the Green Knight's wife and commited an adultery of the heart, and that the green and gold belt signifies this.

        I'll spare Milton Listers the argument, but if anyone wants a copy of my paper (which was published last year), then contact me, and I'll send either an electronic version or an offprint (if I still have any).

        Jeffery Hodges 



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