Friday, February 5, 2010

The Once and Future King (12).

T.H. White. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons. 1939.

Why read it? Merlyn teaches King Arthur the art of leadership. Part of his training was in learning to live with the animals and gain their perspective. Finally, he founded the Round Table. Merlyn is a most amazing character. A delightful and imaginative tale of what was to become known as Camelot. And a great deal of wisdom.


Arthur: “It is a king’s business to prevent bloodshed if he can, not to provoke it.” p. 542.

“Nowadays the law was his [Arthur’s] chief interest, his final effort against Might.” p. 543.

“Mordred, glaring at his father [Sir Agravine] with blazing eyes announced without preamble: ‘We came to tell you what every person in this court has always known: Queen Guenever is Sir Lancelot’s mistress openly’ .”

Arthur: “When I was a young man, I did something which was not just, and from it has sprung the misery of my life; do you think you can stop the consequences of a bad action, by doing good ones afterwards? …I don’t…have been trying to stopper it down with good actions, ever since, but it goes on in widening circles…will not be stopped.” p. 570.

“She knew that they had reached a crisis of some sort.” p. 604.

To be continued.

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