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The Green Knight Is A Delightfully Gory Moral Test

1 month ago   |   By The New Republic

It is Christmas Day in a great castle. King Arthur and Guinevere and their knights are feasting, when a green man on a big green horse bursts through the door. He lays down a bizarre challenge: He invites anyone of the assembled company to strike him with a weapon, as long as that person comes and finds him one year from now to receive the same stroke in return. This second part of the challenge is mystifying, since if one of them cuts the Green Knight's head off, presumably he won't be in a state to do anything next year. Gawain, Arthur's nephew, accepts, and chops off the visitor's big...
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