1. Read the following legend on King Arthur and Sir Gawain and, in the meantime, place the following 10 connectors where they should logically be in the text. Discuss your ideas with a partner, if possible. The connectors are:


in return


in all

on his way






Why do this? The activity gives you further practice on how to use connectors appropriately in your narrations.

Another legend of the round table…

Young King Arthur was ambushed and imprisoned by the monarch of a neighbouring kingdom. The monarch could have killed him, but was moved by Arthur's youthful happiness. he offered him freedom, as long as he could answer a very difficult question.Arthur would have a year to figure out the answer; if, after a year, he still had no answer, he would be killed.The question was: What does a woman really want?

To young Arthur, this seemed an impossible query. Well, it was better than death, he accepted the monarch's proposition to have an answer by the end of the year. He returned to his kingdom and began to poll everybody: the princess, the prostitutes, the priests, the wise men, the court jester, he spoke with everyone but no one could give him a satisfactory answer.What most people did tell him was to consult the old witch who lived in the woods, only she would know the answer.

to a meeting with the knights of the Round Table Arthur met the witch. She offered to help him, and, , Arthur said that Gawain, the most noble of the Knights of the Round Table and Arthur's closest friend would have to marry her. He had never run across such a repugnant creature. the witch was hunchbacked and awfully hideous, had only one tooth, smelled like sewage water and often made obscene noises, Arthur promised that Gawain would be her husband. Gawain, upon learning of the proposal, spoke with Arthur. He told him that nothing was too big of a sacrifice compared to Arthur's life and the preservation of the Round Table. , their wedding was proclaimed, and the witch answered Arthur's question:"What a woman really wants is to be able to be in charge of her own life."

Everyone instantly knew that the witch had uttered a great truth and that Arthur's life would be spared. And so it went. The neighbouring monarch spared Arthur's life and granted him total freedom.

What a wedding Gawain and the witch had! Arthur was torn between relief and anguish. Gawain was proper as always, gentle and courteous. The old witch put her worst manners on display. She ate with her hands, belched and farted, and made everyone uncomfortable.

The wedding night approached: Gawain, steeling himself for a horrificnight, entered the bedroom. What a sight awaited! The most beautiful woman he'd ever seen lay before him! Gawain was astounded and asked what had happened. The beauty replied that since he had been so kind to her (when she'd been a witch), half the time she would be her horrible, deformed self, and the other half, she would be her beautiful maiden self. And then she asked: "Which would you want me to be during the day and which during the night?"

What a dilemma! Gawain began to think of his predicament: during the day a beautiful woman to show off to his friend, at night, in the privacy of his home, an old spooky witch? would he prefer having by day a hideous witch, but by night a beautiful woman to enjoy many intimate moments?




Note: for those of you who are prepared to read old Englishyou may like to read the legend THE MARRIAGE OF SIR GAWAIN


What would you have answered if you were Gawain? Write your answer in the box below and then check it. Discuss the question with a partner (if you have one).




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