“Three animals hunted by the lord in ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’ were…”

No power at home since Monday evening, thanks to Sandy. I’m snatching a moment from office hours at my (inland) school to do a post that really needs no comment.

This is one student’s answer to a little 3-point gimmee on the Midterm Exam (well, I thought it was a gimmee…).

“Three animals hunted by the lord in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight were a rooster, a fox, and a wild bore.”

Okay, a brief comment. The lord hunted, in order, a deer, a boar, and a fox. I think the rooster sneaked into this student’s memory by way of Chaucer’s “The Nun’s Priest’s Tale,” which featured a rooster and a fox. The boar should have gotten into the answer, and might have if the student had been a close reader instead of primarily an in-class listener.

As for the wild bore… well, I hope the lord got ‘im.

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Teacher of English writing and literature (college-level); academic-freedom activist; editor and copy editor; theater director, costumer, actress, playwright. View all posts by RAB

7 responses to ““Three animals hunted by the lord in ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’ were…”

  • Murphy

    I’m puzzled. A tame bore would be a bore indeed, but isn’t a wild bore a bit of a contradiction in terms? Or is it just me that finds wild things not boring?

  • RAB

    I think this is a wild bore in the sense of a feral bore–running around, sometimes running amok, chasing people (to bore them), sleeping on their porches and stealing food from the dog’s dish (oh, Murphy, not YOURS! don’t worry, I know you could handle a wild bore if one came and tried to get your dinner!). This bore has escaped into the general population and will do harm if we let him. If we could catch him and put him in a cage, then people could go to see him when they wanted to be bored, and could go away from him before they got bored to death.

  • tranquilspace

    Still no like button. Ah, well. We live in hope.
    BTW, wild is quite frequently used in place of awful where I live, so a wild bore would be a truly stultifying individual.

  • Sarah

    Or it could be a boring (or bored) boar, and your student wanted to let one bore (boar?) suffice for both…

  • RAB

    I will try to think that’s what my student meant to do, although there’s no adjective with the other animals. Still, one can dream!

  • yearstricken

    Feral bores are the worst. Offer them your ear once and they show up on your doorstep all of the time.

    On another note, I hope you didn’t suffer too much distress from the storm.

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