The Buried Giant

by

Kazuo Ishiguro

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Beatrice Character Analysis

Beatrice is an elderly Briton and Axl’s wife. Although their memories of their past have been taken away by a mysterious mist created by Querig’s breath, Beatrice loves Axl and is determined to find their long-lost son, who they believe left home many years before. Beatrice is unhappy in the warren where she and Axl live because the pastor has refused to let them have a candle and has made them take a room far away from the warmth of the main fire. Beatrice is the first to propose leaving to find their son and she is the most determined to find out why they keep losing short-term and long-term memories. On the road, it becomes clear that Beatrice is suffering from a mysterious pain, so they decide to go see a wise monk named Father Jonus who can make a medicine that may cure her. During their journey, Beatrice constantly theorizes about the mist that has taken their memories and why it was created, ultimately deciding it is because God is ashamed of something they did in the past. After leaving Father Jonus and escaping the treachery of the other monks in the monastery with the help of Sir Gawain, Beatrice starts getting weaker and sicker. Still, when they are presented with a poisoned goat which may kill Querig she eats it, Beatrice insists on bringing it to Querig in the hope that the dragon’s death will restore her memories of her son and marriage. Axl agrees, but they are only able to get up the mountain after running into Sir Gawain, who lets Beatrice ride his horse, Horace. As they get closer, Beatrice worries that the bad memories that come back will ruin her marriage, but is determined to risk it. Once Querig is slain, Axl and Beatrice continue their journey, ultimately deciding to ask the boatman to take them to a mysterious island where couples who love each other can live together forever. Beatrice is taken to the island, but Axl—realizing the likelihood that the boatman has no intention of returning for him—chooses not to wait for his turn in the boat and leaves.

Beatrice Quotes in The Buried Giant

The The Buried Giant quotes below are all either spoken by Beatrice or refer to Beatrice. 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of The Buried Giant published in 2015.
Chapter 2 Quotes

“But isn’t it hard, sir,” Beatrice asked, “to see what truly lies in people’s hearts? Appearances deceive so easily.”

“That’s true, good lady, but then we boatmen have seen so many over the years it doesn’t take us long to see beyond deceptions. Besides, when travelers speak of their most cherished memories, it’s impossible for them to disguise the truth. A couple may claim to be bonded by love, but we boatmen may see instead resentment, anger, even hatred. Or a great barrenness. Sometimes a fear of loneliness and nothing more. Abiding love that has endured the years—that we see only rarely. When we do, we’re only too glad to ferry the couple together.”

Related Characters: Beatrice (speaker), The Narrator / The Boatman (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Island
Page Number: 43-44
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“But Axl, we can’t remember those days. Or any of the years between. We don’t remember our fierce quarrels or the small moments we enjoyed and treasured. We don’t remember our son or why he’s away from us.”

“We can make all those memories come back, princess. Besides, the feeling in my heart for you will be there just the same, no matter what I remember or forget. Don’t you feel the same, princess?”

“I do, Axl. But then again I wonder if what we feel in our hearts today isn’t like these raindrops still falling on us from the soaked leaves above, even though the sky itself long stopped raining. I’m wondering if without our memories, there’s nothing for it but for our love to fade and die.”

Related Characters: Axl (speaker), Beatrice (speaker), Axl and Beatrice’s Son, The Narrator / The Boatman
Related Symbols: The Island
Page Number: 45
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Chapter 3 Quotes

“It was just a thought. That perhaps God is angry about something we’ve done. Or maybe he’s not angry, but ashamed.”

“A curious thought, princess. But if it’s as you say, why doesn’t he punish us? Why make us forget like fools even things that happened the hour before?”

“Perhaps God’s so deeply ashamed of us, of something we did, that he’s wishing himself to forget. And as the stranger told Ivor, when God won’t remember, it’s no wonder we’re unable to do so.”

Related Characters: Axl (speaker), Beatrice (speaker), Ivor
Related Symbols: The Mist
Page Number: 76
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Chapter 6 Quotes

“Yet are you so certain, good mistress, you wish to be free of this mist? Is it not better some things remain hidden from our minds?”

“It may be so for some, father, but not for us. Axl and I wish to have again the happy moments we shared together. To be robbed of them is as if a thief came in the night and took what’s most precious from us.”

“Yet the mist covers all memories, the bad as well as the good. Isn’t that so, mistress?”

“We’ll have the bad ones come back too, even if they make us weep or shake with anger. For isn’t it the life we’ve shared?”

Related Characters: Beatrice (speaker), Father Jonus (speaker), Axl
Related Symbols: The Mist
Page Number: 157
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Chapter 7 Quotes

“What do you suggest, mistress? That I committed this slaughter?” He said this tiredly, with none of the anger he had shown earlier in the tunnel, but there was a peculiar intensity in his voice. “So many skulls, you say. Yet are we not underground? What is it you suggest? Can just one knight of Arthur have killed so many?” He turned back to the gate and ran a finger along one of the bars. “Once, years ago, in a dream, I watched myself killing the enemy. It was in my sleep and long ago. The enemy, in their hundreds, perhaps as many as this. I fought and I fought. Just a foolish dream, but I still recall it.” He sighed, then looked at Beatrice. “I hardly know how to answer you, mistress. I acted as I thought would please God.”

Related Characters: Sir Gawain (speaker), The Narrator / The Boatman (speaker), Beatrice, King Arthur
Page Number: 173
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Chapter 13 Quotes

“Axl, tell me. If the she-dragon’s really slain, and the mist starts to clear, Axl, do you ever fear what will then be revealed to us?”

“Didn’t you say it yourself, princess? Our life together’s like a tale with a happy end, no matter what turns it took on the way.”

“I said so before, Axl. Yet now it may even be we’ll slay Querig with our own hands, there’s a part of me fears the mist’s fading.”

Related Characters: Axl (speaker), Beatrice (speaker), Querig
Related Symbols: The Mist
Page Number: 249
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“Should Querig really die and the mist begin to clear. Should memories return, and among them of times I disappointed you. Or yet of dark deeds I may once have done to make you look at me and see no longer the man you do now. Promise me this at least. Promise, princess, you’ll not forget what you feel in your heart for me at this moment. For what good’s a memory’s returning from the mist if it’s only to push away another? Will you promise me, princess? Promise to keep what you feel for me this moment always in your heart, no matter what you see once the mist’s gone.”

Related Characters: Axl (speaker), Beatrice, Querig
Related Symbols: The Mist
Page Number: 258
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Chapter 15 Quotes

“You and I longed for Querig’s end, thinking only of our own dear memories. Yet who knows what old hatreds will loosen across the land now? We must hope God yet finds a way to preserve the bonds between our peoples, yet custom and suspicion have always divided us. Who knows what will come when quick-tongued men make ancient grievances rhyme with fresh desire for land and conquest?”

“How right to fear it, sir,” Wistan said. “The giant, once well buried, now stirs."

Related Characters: Axl (speaker), Wistan (speaker), Beatrice, Querig
Page Number: 297
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Chapter 17 Quotes

“What did you hope to gain, sir, preventing not just your wife but even yourself grieving at your son’s resting place?”

“Gain? There was nothing to gain, boatman. It was just foolishness and pride. And whatever else lurks in the depths of a man’s heart. Perhaps it was a craving to punish, sir. I spoke and acted forgiveness, yet kept locked through long years some small chamber in my heart that yearned for vengeance. A petty and black thing I did her, and my son also.”

Related Characters: Axl (speaker), The Narrator / The Boatman (speaker), Beatrice, Axl and Beatrice’s Son
Page Number: 312-313
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Beatrice Character Timeline in The Buried Giant

The timeline below shows where the character Beatrice appears in The Buried Giant. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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On the edge of a bog, an elderly couple, Axl and Beatrice, live together in one of many communal warrens in the area, a lot of which... (full context)
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Axl and Beatrice live “on the outer fringes” of their warren, far from the large fire in the... (full context)
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Back in their room, Axl sees that Beatrice is still sleeping and is careful not to make too much noise and wake her... (full context)
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...why Axl doesn’t ask someone in the warren for answers as to whether he and Beatrice had had children once. The reason for this is that nobody in the warren speaks... (full context)
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Recalling the incident of the red-haired woman and how everyone, even Beatrice, had forgotten her, Axl wonders if he’s mistaken about her existing. However, “this instance […]... (full context)
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The sun is rising higher and lighting up Axl and Beatrice’s room. Watching her sleep, Axl notes that she looks peaceful and he experiences a “sudden... (full context)
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Beatrice was with the stranger at a tree called “the old thorn,” but she ran down... (full context)
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Suddenly, Beatrice told Axl that she was beginning to agree with his belief that it’s “queer the... (full context)
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Despite their promise to talk about the trip, Beatrice and Axl have rarely brought it up again. They become “oddly uncomfortable” whenever it is... (full context)
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Walking away from the scene of the incident, Beatrice told Axl that all she could think about was their son and how Axl had... (full context)
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As more people wake up around the warren, Axl notices Beatrice starting to move. He leaves his stool to go sit on the edge of their... (full context)
Chapter 2
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Before taking off, Axl and Beatrice must get permission to take certain things with them, like communally owned blankets and water... (full context)
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After reaching the end of the Great Plain, Axl and Beatrice rest in a safe corner and talk about meeting their son again. Beatrice dreamed of... (full context)
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After resting, Axl and Beatrice prepare to continue walking. Beatrice gives Axl some smooth stones to carry as a charm... (full context)
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It starts to rain shortly before Axl and Beatrice reach the villa, which “must have been splendid enough in Roman days,” but is now... (full context)
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Once the rain “settle[s] to a steady fall,” the old woman greets Axl and Beatrice and asks where they’re going. Axl tells her they’re going to their son’s village but... (full context)
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Watching the woman stroke the rabbit, Beatrice asks her not to cut open the animal and to instead let Axl help her... (full context)
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Beatrice tells the boatman it was cruel of him to separate the married couple, but the... (full context)
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...this point, she remains silent. Axl tells the woman she can walk with him and Beatrice for part of the way and talk if she likes, but that she needs to... (full context)
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Beatrice observes that the house must have been magnificent in its prime and the boatman agrees,... (full context)
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The boatman wishes Axl and Beatrice a safe journey as they walk away, but suddenly Beatrice stops and asks the boatman... (full context)
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...what their most cherished memories of each other are, and the truth soon reveals itself. Beatrice asks if this is hard to do and the boatman says it is, but that... (full context)
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As Axl and Beatrice make their way back to the road, Beatrice tells him that she’s afraid. When Axl... (full context)
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Again, Axl comforts Beatrice and assures her that their love is very strong, but Beatrice is worried about the... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...village: it’s made of houses and buildings, not dug into a hillside like Axl and Beatrice’s warren. Around the town is a large fence with sharpened poles to keep creatures (and... (full context)
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Axl worries that they won’t be welcome here, but Beatrice assures him that they know her because she trades there with other women from the... (full context)
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As they approach the gate, the Saxon guards look “panicked,” so Beatrice insists that she go up alone and Axl wait for her at a distance. After... (full context)
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Beatrice finds the medicine woman and they talk together in the Saxon language (which Axl can’t... (full context)
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Suddenly Beatrice is next to Axl and tells him that the warrior arrived shortly before they did,... (full context)
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The medicine woman tells Beatrice that she and Axl need to go straight to the longhouse (an inn) and stay... (full context)
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The elderly man, addressing Axl and Beatrice in the Briton language, wonders how the guards could so soon forget their duty to... (full context)
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Ivor’s house is large, comfortable, and warmed by a big fire. Axl unpacks his and Beatrice’s blankets as they find comfortable spots to sit. Ivor apologizes for the guards once again,... (full context)
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With Ivor gone, Axl and Beatrice wonder what he would have said about the mist. Axl asks Beatrice if Ivor has... (full context)
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Axl asks Beatrice if she received an answer from the medicine woman about her pains. Beatrice tells him... (full context)
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...be just a dream—the man had fallen asleep at his post. Ivor tells Axl and Beatrice that they’ll have to sleep in the main room while he sleeps in an inner... (full context)
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...toward her, and he thinks it is “a disgrace she remains unslain all these years.” Beatrice asks Ivor who would be brave enough to face Querig and Ivor tells her there’s... (full context)
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Ivor starts going toward his bedroom, but Beatrice sits up and stops him, asking him to finish what he had been saying earlier... (full context)
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Axl is suddenly shaken awake by Beatrice in the middle of the night. There are noises outside, and Ivor tells them to... (full context)
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...Marta and he wonders if the boy was being forgotten when he was suddenly found. Beatrice has trouble understanding what’s being said as the crowd grows louder, but suddenly Ivor appears... (full context)
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...spirits” because he woke up with a “pleasant memory drifting through his head.” Looking at Beatrice, Axl feels a rush of “tender joy,” but he is unsettled when, unexpectedly, there is... (full context)
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Axl and Beatrice quickly get dressed and pack up their belongings before heading outside to find something to... (full context)
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...decision to go to the monastery. Ivor tells Wistan he needs to bring Axl and Beatrice to the longhouse for breakfast, and they leave. (full context)
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Ivor, Axl, and Beatrice reach the longhouse and Ivor shows them in. Beatrice asks Ivor what happened the night... (full context)
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As they eat, Beatrice asks Axl if he thinks there was anything to what Ivor said about the mist... (full context)
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Walking back to Ivor’s house, Beatrice and Axl spot Wistan sitting on a lookout platform. All three are leaving shortly, but... (full context)
Chapter 5
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After a long hike upwards, Axl, Beatrice, Wistan, and Edwin realized they would have to find a bridge to cross a large... (full context)
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...travelers of the risk. The grey-haired soldier asks Axl if they’ve seen any strangers, but Beatrice is the one who answers in the negative. The grey-haired soldier’s look softens as Beatrice... (full context)
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...act and suggests they take a shortcut to avoid the main road. As they hike, Beatrice calls back to Axl from time to time to make sure he’s still there. They... (full context)
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...man tells them to come and rest next to him and he’ll share his bread. Beatrice asks if they should accept the invitation and Wistan says they should, so they go... (full context)
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...and eat. He invites Axl and the others to share some fresh bread. Axl and Beatrice sit next to the knight, but Wistan and Edwin stay at a distance with the... (full context)
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...about as old as Sir Gawain, and tell him if he’s seen Axl before somewhere. Beatrice is surprised, and Axl asks how Wistan thinks he recognizes him. Instead of answering, Wistan... (full context)
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Beatrice tells Wistan that there are several Saxon families in their own village and he points... (full context)
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...which makes it impossible for Wistan to rush at him without being killed. Axl and Beatrice stand up and then help Sir Gawain up. Axl asks the soldier if he’s forgotten... (full context)
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...pursuing the dragon. The soldier continues asking for help, but Sir Gawain continues to refuse. Beatrice asks Wistan if he can’t just disarm the soldier and send him away, but Wistan... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...thinks his sleeplessness might also be due to the strange sounds in the monastery, although Beatrice fell asleep quickly in spite of them. Edwin, too, is asleep, but Wistan waited until... (full context)
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...stone buildings. Another monk, Father Brian, brought up a tray of food for Axl and Beatrice while Wistan and Edwin were out exploring the monastery. While Axl and Beatrice eat, Father... (full context)
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Once the monk who yelled at the birds was gone, Beatrice asked Father Brian if she could meet with Father Jonus to ask his advice soon.... (full context)
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...not to try to kill Querig and instead speed home immediately after bringing Axl and Beatrice to the monastery. Wistan refused to give Sir Gawain this promise. Afterward, Sir Gawain looked... (full context)
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Axl also remembers talking with Beatrice, who was much younger then, about whether or not a plant they had found was... (full context)
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Axl leaves Beatrice dozing in their room to talk to Wistan in the courtyard while the monks are... (full context)
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Axl says he wants to return to Beatrice, and Wistan agrees. As they start walking back, Edwin abruptly stops, and they notice a... (full context)
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Jonus asks Edwin to come forward, but Wistan doesn’t let him even though Beatrice says he should let Jonus look at Edwin’s wound. Jonus asks why Wistan seems so... (full context)
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Interested in the conversation between Jonus and Wistan, Beatrice tells Jonus about her conversation about the mist with the medicine woman. She asks Jonus... (full context)
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Axl struggles to identify the emotions he felt when he and Beatrice were told the cause of the mist, but he is unable to. Jonus asks Beatrice... (full context)
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...He notices the sound of Wistan’s woodcutting has stopped. Axl thinks about Jonus’s questions about Beatrice’s pain, but realizes that the questions Beatrice is really afraid of are the boatman’s. (full context)
Chapter 7
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Axl is woken up by Father Brian shaking him. Beatrice is already awake, and Edwin is getting out of bed while Father Brian urges them... (full context)
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...go down, but Edwin initially refuses and insists on going to help Wistan. Axl tells Beatrice to tell Edwin whatever she has to in order to get him into the tunnels.... (full context)
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As they walk, Axl, Beatrice, and Edwin notice a “feeble light” that allows them to see each other a little... (full context)
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...the abbot, “send down here those they wish dead” rather than poisoning or stabbing them. Beatrice asks if the monks want them dead, and Sir Gawain says that they certainly want... (full context)
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As they walk, Beatrice is alarmed when she feels her foot hit against what she thinks is a child.... (full context)
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...For “several moments” the group stands still and listens, but no more sounds are made. Beatrice says she wants to get out of the tunnels and Sir Gawain tells them they... (full context)
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Referring to the skeletons, Beatrice asks Axl if “this beast” really killed so many people. Sir Gawain turns to them... (full context)
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They form a plan for Axl and Beatrice to pull the rope that opens the gate while Edwin stands and back with Sir... (full context)
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...they reach the end of the tunnel and find themselves in the forest. Axl and Beatrice sit down, but soon notice Edwin is gone. Sir Gawain tells them the boy immediately... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Axl wishes the sun would come out and warm Beatrice, whose shivering has grown progressively worse. Just as he’s about to suggest another rest, they... (full context)
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As Axl reassures Beatrice that they won’t get separated, the man helps them into the baskets and gives Axl... (full context)
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Up ahead, Axl spots a small rowboat that he and Beatrice might be able to float in together, so he directs their baskets toward it. As... (full context)
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...Axl is determined to fight the pixies off and protect them all, but wonders if Beatrice is safe. (full context)
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...a voice telling him to “Leave her.” Fearfully, he turns around and sees pixies swarming Beatrice’s basket. Horrified, Axl lets out a “warrior’s bellow” and jumps into the water to wade... (full context)
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When Axl reaches Beatrice, he discovers that she is fast asleep even with pixies all over her. He throws... (full context)
Chapter 13
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Axl watches the goat munching on the grass while he and Beatrice rest. Looking down at the countryside, Beatrice asks if the river had only carried them... (full context)
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In a flashback to that morning, Beatrice points out to Axl a cottage against the hillside that Axl initially mistakes for an... (full context)
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Back in the present on the hillside, Axl urges Beatrice to sit and rest instead of looking at the figures in the valley. Sitting next... (full context)
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Back in the flashback, Beatrice is sleeping in the cottage while Axl dries their clothes and stokes the fire until... (full context)
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Axl wakes up and sees Beatrice looking through a window. Axl recalls their previous conversation, but Beatrice shows no sign of... (full context)
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Once outside, Beatrice asks the children where their parents are, but they don’t answer. Beatrice asks what they... (full context)
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...they are too old to do it. Despite the pleading of the children, Axl leads Beatrice onto the road and they walk away for a while before Beatrice stops him. She... (full context)
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...with the goat, Axl wonders if “he had been foolish to give in.” Axl tells Beatrice that, in case they succeed, he wants her to promise him something. Beatrice asks what... (full context)
Gawain’s Second Reverie
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...Gawain reminds Horace that it’s just an old woman but wonders at Axl for bringing Beatrice up the mountain when she’s clearly ill. Sir Gawain sees figures below and points them... (full context)
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Sir Gawain presses on with Beatrice astride Horace and Axl tugging the goat. Sir Gawain knows the others are coming. When... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...the giant’s cairn. The goat begins struggling to get away, although it soon stops, prompting Beatrice to ask if the mist makes goats forget, too. (full context)
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Sir Gawain looks out at the landscape while Axl and Beatrice struggle to tie up the goat. Sir Gawain turns around and says, “I see them... (full context)
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...Axl’s decision “wasn’t the more godly,” leaving Arthur and investing himself in his marriage to Beatrice. Sir Gawain wonders if it wouldn’t have been better for him to make the same... (full context)
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Axl goes to Beatrice and says that the goat is secure and that he is ready to leave when... (full context)
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Axl continues trying to get Sir Gawain to let him borrow the horse while Beatrice questions whether Axl really wants to see the dragon slain and the mist lifted, and... (full context)
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Wistan walks forward, laughing at the sight of Axl and Beatrice, and asks why they are on the mountain instead of with their son. Beatrice explains... (full context)
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...asks if Querig is close and Sir Gawain says that this is true, as well. Beatrice asks how Sir Gawain came to be the protector of Querig and Wistan says he’d... (full context)
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As they walk on, Beatrice tells Axl she’s beginning to think she’s “the one to fear most the mist’s clearing”... (full context)
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...and see Querig, who is sleeping and looks as if she is aging and fragile. Beatrice says that the dragon looks “no more than a fleshy thread” and Sir Gawain agrees... (full context)
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...to help him and Wistan leave the place as friends, but Axl says he and Beatrice are there to see the dragon slain and won’t help Sir Gawain if he tries... (full context)
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...him that nothing stands between him and killing the dragon. Wistan walks by Axl and Beatrice to look down at Querig. Beatrice asks him to hurry and slay the dragon, but... (full context)
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...only examines her for a few moments before cutting off the dragon’s head. Axl and Beatrice note that it’s over, but Axl wants to stay and ask Wistan something. When Wistan... (full context)
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Axl tells Beatrice that Wistan is right and observes that while they had longed for the dragon’s death... (full context)
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...hears her voice. He feels someone untying him and he opens his eyes to find Beatrice with him. When he stands up, he remembers what the warrior had said about it... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...lives on an island and it is nearby. Axl wonders how that is possible, but Beatrice swears she can hear the sea nearby and says they forgot because of the mist... (full context)
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Axl asks if there is shelter with a fire nearby to warm Beatrice. The narrator says he has one in the cove, but Axl says that they’d better... (full context)
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Beatrice calls to the narrator and asks if the island they see is the same she... (full context)
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...to get the boat and give the couple time to decide what to do when Beatrice asks if they’ll be questioned. The narrator says he nearly forgot about that, but that... (full context)
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When they return to Beatrice, Axl wants to carry her to the boat but the narrator insists on doing it,... (full context)