On his first quest, Lancelot rescues the young Elaine from a tower. She falls in love with him and seduces him, and eventually gives birth to his son Galahad. Elaine is a tortured woman who knows Lancelot will never love her, but nonetheless stays true to him. After finding Lancelot mad on the streets, the two live for a while with Galahad in a castle. After Galahad never returns from his quest and Elaine realizes Lancelot will never come back to her, Elaine kills herself.
Elaine Quotes in The Once and Future King
The The Once and Future King quotes below are all either spoken by Elaine or refer to Elaine. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Ace Books edition of The Once and Future King published in 1987.).
Elaine Character Timeline in The Once and Future King
The timeline below shows where the character Elaine appears in The Once and Future King. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 3, Chapter 12
Book 3, Chapter 14
Book 3, Chapter 15
Book 3, Chapter 16
...become more reserved. He asks Lancelot if anything is the matter—perhaps it is the girl Elaine and the son she claims is Lancelot's. Lancelot confesses the whole tail of Elaine to... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 18
Book 3, Chapter 21
Book 3, Chapter 22
Book 3, Chapter 23
Book 3, Chapter 24
Book 3, Chapter 38
...this time, Arthur arranges a tournament that happens to take place near the Castle Corbin—where Elaine now lives out her middle-age. The Queen is bitter and accuses Lancelot of wanting to... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 39
Book 3, Chapter 40
Book 3, Chapter 42