In the third Fitt of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, there is an"exchange game." How does Gawain fare with Bertilak's wife?
In the fourteenth-century alliterative poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the different characters, particularly the protagonist Sir Gawain, find themselves involved in a series of bargains, or games. Aside from the larger bargain with the Green Knight, Sir Gawain finds himself engaging in a game of wits with the Bertilak, as well as his wife.
The terms of this game are quite simple. Bertilak will leave each of three mornings to hunt. He proposes that Gawain, who he asks to stay behind at the castle to enjoy the company of his wife, exchange his winnings with Bertilak when he returns from the hunt at the end of the day. Clearly, this is a ruse on Bertilak's part, but this situation brings about Sir Gawain's rather challenging interactions with Bertilak's wife, the lady of the castle.
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