How do circumstances frustrate Arthur's attempt to heed the warning from his dream?  

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In Malory's Morte d'Arthur, Arthur is warned by Sir Gawain in a dream that if he fights Mordred the next day, he will die.  Arthur plans to seek peace the next day instead of fight, in order to give Lancelot time to arrive with reinforcements.

Unfortunately, while the armies are facing each other and discussing peace, an adder (snake) "stung a knight in the foot."  When the knight draws his sword to slay the snake, both sides see the sword and blow their "beams (a kind of trumpet), trumpets, horns" and shout "grimly."  The battle is on.

Arthur manages to kill Mordred, but he is also killed in the process, as was predicted in his dream.

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