Who jumps off the tower in The Quest of the Holy Grail?

The fairest and richest lady in the world plus her twelve damsels jump off the tower in The Quest of the Holy Grail. The beautiful lady had approached Bors, imploring him to be her lover. But Sir Bors, who must remain chaste if he is to succeed in his quest for the Holy Grail, refuses. Overcome by grief at his rejection of her, the lady jumps from the tower to her death along with twelve of her damsels.

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According to a prophecy by Perceval's aunt, the Holy Grail will be found by three men—two virgins and one chaste man. The chaste man in question is Sir Bors, who takes his vow of chastity very seriously indeed. Yet Bors's vow is put to the ultimate test when he goes...

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According to a prophecy by Perceval's aunt, the Holy Grail will be found by three men—two virgins and one chaste man. The chaste man in question is Sir Bors, who takes his vow of chastity very seriously indeed. Yet Bors's vow is put to the ultimate test when he goes to a castle and immediately meets the fairest and richest lady in the whole world. As one of her knights tells Bors, she's been waiting for him for a very long time. Of all the knights, he is the one she loves the most.

After a brief chat, the lady cuts right to the chase: she wants Bor to be her lover. But Bors, who has little experience with women, is rather shy and uncomfortable, or "abaysshed" and "ryght evyll at ease" in her company. Besides, however tempted he may be by the lady's extraordinary beauty, he knows that he must remain chaste if he's to succeed in his quest for the Holy Grail.

So he refuses to become the lady's lover. The lady is utterly heartbroken by Bors's rejection and cries bitterly. But no amount of tears will ever be enough to persuade Bors to sleep with her. Once the lady has composed herself, she leads Bors by the hand to the door of the palace, where she instructs him to stand and watch while she dies for the love of him. Bors refuses and has to be restrained by the lady's knights.

The lady, along with twelve of her damsels, then throws herself off the battlements. Yet on looking about him, Bors cannot see any of the ladies—nor the tower, for that matter. All he can see are the arms he'd brought with him and the building where he was certain he'd left the dead body of his brother Lionel.

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