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Boisterous (adj.)

Energetic; lively

"Yet Arthur, boisterous and merry as a boy,/Refused to eat till the others were served:" (59).

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Trifles (n.)

Unimportant matters

"So the fearless king stood in front of his table,/Talking of elegant trifles" (60).

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Ermine (n.)

White fur used to decorate formal clothes of royalty

"As he rode, trimmed rich at the edges with bright/White ermine..." (61).

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Hefted (v.)

Lifted a very heavy object

"Gawain hefted the axe, swung it high/In both hands, balancing his left foot in front of him" (68).

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Lament (n.)

Mourning; sadness; crying

"Rang with silent lament, sorrow/For so good a man as Gawain" (75).

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Heraldic (adj.)

Pertaining to a coat of arms

"Draped with heraldic designs-" (75).

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Prudent (adj.)

Cautious; careful

"Better to have been more prudent, to have made him/A duke before this could happen." (78).

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Ford (n.)

Shallow part of a river where people cross

"And at every ford over every stream" (78-79).

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Satyr (n.)

In Ancient Greek stories, creature that was half man half goat

"Attacked him, and sometimes wolves, and satyrs," (79).

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Mire (n.)

Area of soft, wet ground

"Gawain hurried his horse, crossed swamps/And mires and bogs, acres of mid..." (80).

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Gilt (adj.)

Gold-plated

"With his gilt heels he hurried along" (80).

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Hewed (v.)

cut into a rough shape

"Hard stone/Hewed in the noblest style..." (81).

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Pinnacled (adj.)

High-pointed

"And pinnacles towers along it, fitted/To the walls" (81).

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Trestles (n.)

Frames or supports for a temporary table

"A long table was laid on trestles..." (83).

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Tact (n.)

Careful way of speaking that avoids upsetting others

"Then quiet questions were asked, tactful/And discreet:" (84).

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Vespers (n.)

Evening church service

"Holiday vespers for the faithful to hear" (85).

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Cant (n.)

Insincerity; hypocrisy

"Answers, free of cant" (97).

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Hoariest (adj.)

Oldest; grayest

"Hers by old age, but the hoariest" (101).

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Evasive (adj.)

Not speaking honestly; hard to pin down

"And Gawain was so gracefully evasive that he seemed/Always polite, and nothing happened..." (104).

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Mantle (n.)

Veil or cloak

"Wrapped to her feet in a gay mantle/Furred with perfect blended skins..." (109).

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Boorishly (adv.)

In a rude manner

"Either to take her love or boorishly/Turn her away" (110).

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Parried (v.)

Avoided answering questions by saying something clever

"He parried, with a loving laugh, her passionate/Speeches, her talk of special favor" (111).

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Fealty (n.)

Loyalty to king or queen

"For your kindness I owe you/A knight's fealty" (112).

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Absolve (v.)

Forgive a moral or religious fault

"And begged the priest to absolve him" (113).

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Bedraggled (adj.)

Disheveled, messy

"As you gave me are better than a dozen bedraggled/Hides" (115).