he boards the ship… and sails away


Sam asked me to read the first few pages of Gerald Morris’s version of the Lancelot story Lady Sarah and the Dung Cart Knight – the print was smaller and there were more words, but it had the characters he liked from the other stories – and then… he read the rest himself.

Head in the book, in the car, on the sofa, in the garden, in bed. Hours and hours.

I’m happy of course. And of course a little sad to not be part of it any more!



  1. isl_gr said

    No big art but they look cute these characters in the old paintings. Too bad they wouldn’t sell in films. The entire casting would collapse and somebody would loose a job.

  2. Simon G said

    Collapse? Because they were two-dimensional? Someone ought to lose their job for that. They should have been propped up, or laid flat. Yes, laid flat – some kind of medieval animation…

  3. isl_gr said

    No, no, it’s because they look like humans! Though too neat, the hobbits in the Lord of the Rings series were as near to a human as Hollywood could take. It’s a relief to see Lancelot and the others in not so well tailored clothes and helmets that don’t seem to fit perfectly on their heads. Not to mention the “stupid” (sentimental) human expressions on their faces and the fact that they are obviously much less than 2 m. tall. Do you get what I am saying?

  4. Simon G said

    I think so – they are more uncertain, unfinished than either characters from LOTR or Kevin Costner type “hero” films. Their helmets are wobbly, but they are not ridiculous either.
    Hard for people now to reproduce – the attitude of those old stories and illustrations.

    As you’ll know, this dirty old cart is important for Lancelot: he’s told that he must ride in it, driven by a dwarf, if he wants to find Guinevere. It is a shameful thing for a knight to do and Lancelot hesitates a few seconds before getting in. When he eventually finds Guinevere, she rejects him as less than chivalrous because of his hesitation!

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