The Once and Future King

The Once and Future King

by

T. H. White

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The Once and Future King: Book 2, Chapter 4 Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Merlyn explains how, when he was young, there was a general idea that it was wrong to fight in wars. There is only one really good reason for fighting: if the other side starts it. There is no excuse, Merlyn emphasizes, for starting a war.
Merlyn's peculiar experience of time allows the reader to compare medieval interpretations of war with our own contemporary ones. This comparison will arise again and again.
Themes
Chivalry, Satire & Medieval Life Theme Icon
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