The Idylls of the Queen
Phyllis Ann Karr

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The Idylls of the Queen

Copyright © 1982 by Phyllis Ann Karr

Chapter 4
Of Morgan’s Duplicity and Kay’s Jealousy
I am not jealous of Lancelot. You can only feel jealousy toward someone for whom you have some kind of respect or affection. Jealousy is what I feel towards Gawaine. What I feel towards Lancelot is something only the demons in Hell can have a name for, something that should probably frighten me about my eternal salvation, if Lancelot did not deserve every breath of it.
Chapter 8
Of the Start of a Short Search to Locate Lancelot
Half a score of the younger knights left that same evening. It was a foolish, half-witted idea, starting out after the time of day when a man adventuring usually begins to look for his night’s shelter. They would either get hardly far enough from London to make much difference and then have to settle, likely as not, for bad cheer and a poor night’s rest; or travel all night in the dark and sleep for pure exhaustion in the daylight when they could have made better speed. They were idiots, and I envied them.



Chapter 9
Of Kay’s Suspects, of Mordred’s and of the May Babies

“Patience another name for laziness? Perhaps. Or for fear. A person can wait with truly astonishing patience for the unpleasant events of life.”



Chapter 11
Further Talk of the Deaths of Sir Lamorak and Queen Morgawse, and of the Gossip Concerning Queen Guenevere

Arthur has always been slow to anger, but when his temper does break, he listens to nobody. Not even his own laws and customs are safe during one of his royal rages—it seems to be a trait folk admire in their kings.



Chapter 13
The Tale of Cob the Charcoal Burner
Maybe the difference between justice and revenge was whether it was practiced by a self-questioning man like Gawaine, who confined his excesses to flagellating his own conscience, and a self-righteous one like Gaheris, who inflicted his excesses, for better or worse, on the other folk concerned and then, seemingly, let the incidents slide out of his mind.




Chapter 18
The Lady of the Lake

“Poor man! Is your curiosity so hot for what you’ve been denied? And you men put the blame on Eve and excuse Adam.”


The Garden of Eden

Chapter 20
The Queeen of All Dark Magic

“There is no older and no other god, nephew. Nor is there any goddess but one, though your churchmen would diminish her state. You worship God under one name and call everyone Pagan who uses another name for the Divine, who builds a theology around other aspects, reads other sacred writings, or finds other symbols than those which your churchmen approve. I join myself to God under all His names, explore all His aspects, study all scriptures, choose myself symbols wherever I find them.”



Chapter 31
Further Conversations at Astolat

He grinned. “By their deeds shall you know them, sir.”

“Fine. And how shall we know their deeds?”

text checked (see note) Jan 2005

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