SparkNotes: The Once and Future King: Book IV: “The Candle in the Wind,” Chapters 1–6The Once and Future King is a work by T. It was first published in It collects and revises shorter novels published from to , with much new material. Most of the book takes place in "Gramarye", the name White gives to Britain , and chronicles the youth and education of King Arthur , his rule as a king, and the romance between Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere. Though Arthur, if he existed at all, would have ruled some time around the 6th century, the book is set around the 14th century and Arthur is portrayed as an Anglo-Norman rather than a Briton , and the actual monarchs of that period are referred to as "mythical". The book ends immediately before Arthur's final battle against his illegitimate son Mordred.
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Near the end of this, the last volume of The Once and Future King , White offers his readers a short "obituary" of Arthur, the mythical figure whom he has examined through the course of four novels: "He was only a man who had meant well. But it had ended in failure. Since his boyhood, Arthur has moved from being the Wart, a naive but earnest boy, to being King Arthur, a man whose destiny and ideals were to become forever associated with England, the Round Table, and the age of chivalry. White humanizes Arthur as "only a man who had meant well," but a reader of The Candle in the Wind knows that White is being modest for his protagonist's sake. For as The Candle in the Wind makes clear, Arthur was a man whose ideas about might, right, and law stood far ahead of those believed by all his opponents — and even some of his allies.
Lancelot and Guenever have a few tender moments before Guenever starts to fear that someone will discover them. Just as she is pushing Lancelot toward the door, they see that someone is trying to free the lock.
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Book IV: “The Candle in the Wind,” Chapters 1–6
Maybe it has been contaminated in the minds of critics by popularity and Walt Disney animation. Nevertheless, it is a serious work, delightful and witty in many ways and yet very sombre overall. The volume published as The Once and Future King is actually four works separately composed over about 20 years. The first, The Sword in the Stone, concerns the lost childhood of Arthur, future king of England, and his education by Merlyn. The second, The Queen of Air and Darkness, tells the story of adolescent sons of Orkney Gawaine, Agravaine, Gaheris and Gareth and their mother, Morgause, who, unbeknownst to him, is Arthur's half-sister.
All rights reserved. And, no: it's not referencing the Elton John song. And now a number of years have gone by. Agravaine is now 55, but looks much older. He's hanging with his bro, Mordred, at their lux castle in Camelot. Mordred is trying to get some stuff started with Arthur—to overthrow him, apparently—but Agravaine is pointing out that no one fights over private drama anymore.