A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

by

Mark Twain

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Sir Sagramore Character Analysis

As a knight, Sir Sagramore serves King Arthur and sits at the Round Table. He is a physically imposing and powerful knight. When he overhears Hank Morgan wishing ill on Sir Dinadan and thinks Hank’s malice is meant for him, he challenges “The Boss” (Hank) to a duel. This duel becomes a symbol battle between medieval civilization and 19th-century civilization, with Sagramore representing the medieval chivalric ideal and Hank representing the 19th-century ideal. Despite his experience and enlisting the magical help of Merlin, Sagramore loses his dignity, the duel, and his life to Hank.

Sir Sagramore Quotes in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

The A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court quotes below are all either spoken by Sir Sagramore or refer to Sir Sagramore. 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:
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Chapter 12 Quotes

Meantime, it was getting hotter and hotter in there. You see, the sun was beating down and warming up the iron more and more all the time. Well, when you are hot, that way, every little thing irritates you. When I trotted, I rattled like a crate of dishes, and that annoyed me; and moreover I couldn’t seem to stand that shield slatting and banging, now about my breast, now around my back; and if I dropped into a walk my joints creaked and screeched in that wearisome way a wheelbarrow does, and as we didn’t create any breeze at that gait, I was like to get fried in that stove; and besides, the quieter you went the heavier the iron settled down on you and the more and more tons you seemed to weigh every minute.

Related Characters: Hank Morgan (speaker), King Arthur , Sir Sagramore
Related Symbols: Clothing
Page Number: 79
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Chapter 26 Quotes

Expedition No. 3 will start adout the first of mext █ month █ on a search f8r Sir Sagramour le Desirous. It is in command of the renowned Knight of the Red Lawns, assisted by Sir Persant of Inde, who is compete9t, intelligent, courteous, and in every ʍay a brick, and further assisted by Sir Palamides the Saracen, who is no huckleberry himself. This is no pic-nic, these boys mean busine&s.

Related Characters: Clarence (speaker), Hank Morgan , Sir Sagramore
Page Number: 198
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Chapter 39 Quotes

So the world thought there was a vast matter at stake here, and the world was right, but it was not the one they had in their minds. No, a far vaster one was upon the cast of this die: the life of knight-errantry. I was a champion, it was true, but not the champion of the frivolous black arts, I was the champion of hard unsentimental common sense and reason. I was entering the lists to either destroy knight-errantry or be its victim.

Related Characters: Hank Morgan (speaker), Sir Sagramore, Merlin
Page Number: 293-294
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Chapter 40 Quotes

The worship of royalty being founded in unreason, these graceful and harmless cats would easily become as sacred as any other royalties, and indeed more so, because it would presently be noticed that they hanged nobody, beheaded nobody, imprisoned nobody, inflicted no cruelties or injustices of any sort, and so must be worthy of a deeper love and reverence than the customary human king, and would certainly get it. The eyes of the whole harried world would soon be fixed upon this humane and gentle system, and royal butchers would presently begin to disappear; their subjects would fill the vacancies with catlings from our own royal house; we should become a factory; we should supply the thrones of the world; within forty years all Europe would be governed by cats, wand we should furnish the cats. The reign of universal peace would begin then, to end no more forever…M-e-e-e-yow-ow-ow—fzt—wow!

Related Characters: Clarence (speaker), Hank Morgan , Sir Sagramore
Related Symbols: Factories
Page Number: 305
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Chapter 43 Quotes

The sun rose presently and sent its unobstructed splendors over the land, and we saw a prodigious host moving slowly toward us, with the steady drift and aligned front of a wave of the sea. Nearer and nearer it came, and more and more sublimely imposing became its aspect; yes, all England were there, apparently. Soon we could see the innumerable banners fluttering, and then the sun struck the sea of armor and set it all aflash. Yes, it was a fine sight; I hadn’t ever seen anything to beat it.

Related Characters: Hank Morgan (speaker), Sir Sagramore
Page Number: 330
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Sir Sagramore Character Timeline in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

The timeline below shows where the character Sir Sagramore appears in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 9: The Tournament
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...list of battles between knights. Notably, Sir Gareth defeats many men (including Sir Dinadan and Sir Sagramore ) by changing the colors of his armor each time he returns to the field.... (full context)
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One event doesn’t make it into the priest’s final report. While fighting Sir Gareth, Sir Sagramore overhears Hank wishing for a knight’s death. Sagramore (incorrectly) assumes it’s directed at him, and... (full context)
Chapter 10: Beginnings of Civilization
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The court eagerly discusses the upcoming fight between Hank and Sir Sagramore . Many people encourage Hank to go on his own quest so he can gain... (full context)
Chapter 26: The First Newspaper
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...He reads about Sir Launcelot defeating King Agrivance of Ireland; a search for the missing Sir Sagramore ; and the adventures of many other knights. The paper even has a printed schedule... (full context)
Chapter 39: The Yankee’s Fight with the Knights
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...perusing the paper. It announces the date of his long-delayed fight to the death with Sir Sagramore , which will take place on the 16th of the month. He pastes into the... (full context)
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...which is not just a duel between men but between great magicians. Merlin is enchanting Sir Sagramore ’s weapons and armor, and Hank has already shown himself to be one of the... (full context)
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Sir Sagramore looks grand in his heavy plate armor on his armored horse. In contrast, Hank sits... (full context)
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With Sir Sagramore unhorsed, the field is open for other knights to challenge Hank, and he quickly dispatches... (full context)
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This time, when Sir Sagramore charges, Hank stands his ground while the anguished crowd screams at him to save himself.... (full context)