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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

plenty of them, but no matter, it's hark from the tomb for a dead nation, and don't you
forget it. You can't resurrect a dead nation without it; there isn't any way. So I wanted to
sample things, and be finding out what sort of reporter-material I might be able to rake
together out of the sixth century when I should come to need it.
Well, the priest did very well, considering. He got in all the details, and that is a good
thing in a local item: you see, he had kept books for the undertaker-department of his
church when he was younger, and there, you know, the money's in the details; the more
details, the more swag: bearers, mutes, candles, prayers-- everything counts; and if the
bereaved don't buy prayers enough you mark up your candles with a forked pencil, and
your bill shows up all right. And he had a good knack at getting in the complimentary
thing here and there about a knight that was likely to advertise--no, I mean a knight that
had influence; and he also had a neat gift of exaggeration, for in his time he had kept door
for a pious hermit who lived in a sty and worked miracles.
Of course this novice's report lacked whoop and crash and lurid description, and therefore
wanted the true ring; but its antique wording was quaint and sweet and simple, and full of
the fragrances and flavors of the time, and these little merits made up in a measure for its
more important lacks. Here is an extract from it:
Then Sir Brian de les Isles and Grummore Grummorsum,
knights of the castle, encountered with Sir Aglovale and
Sir Tor, and Sir Tor smote down Sir Grummore Grummorsum
to the earth. Then came Sir Carados of the dolorous
tower, and Sir Turquine, knights of the castle, and
there encountered with them Sir Percivale de Galis
and Sir Lamorak de Galis, that were two brethren, and
there encountered Sir Percivale with Sir Carados, and
either brake their spears unto their hands, and then
Sir Turquine with Sir Lamorak, and either of them smote
down other, horse and all, to the earth, and either
parties rescued other and horsed them again. And Sir
Arnold, and Sir Gauter, knights of the castle,
encountered with Sir Brandiles and Sir Kay, and these
four knights encountered mightily, and brake their
spears to their hands. Then came Sir Pertolope from
the castle, and there encountered with him Sir Lionel,
and there Sir Pertolope the green knight smote down Sir
Lionel, brother to Sir Launcelot. All this was marked
by noble heralds, who bare him best, and their names.
Then Sir Bleobaris brake his spear upon Sir Gareth,
but of that stroke Sir Bleobaris fell to the earth.
When Sir Galihodin saw that, he bad Sir Gareth keep him,
and Sir Gareth smote him to the earth. Then Sir Galihud
gat a spear to avenge his brother, and in the same wise
Sir Gareth served him, and Sir Dinadan and his brother
La Cote Male Taile, and Sir Sagramore le Disirous, and
Sir Dodinas le Savage; all these he bare down with one
spear. When King Aswisance of Ireland saw Sir Gareth
fare so he marvelled what he might be, that one time
seemed green, and another time, at his again coming,
he seemed blue. And thus at every course that he rode
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