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4. The exchange of gifts

4. The exchange of gifts

Gawain is woken the next morning by Lady Bercilak, who is very excited to have a courageous knight staying in the castle.

She is disappointed when Gawain refuses her advances, but gives him a gift - a green silk belt.

She tells Gawain the belt is magic and will keep the wearer safe from any harm - and Gawain, remembering his impending meeting with the Green Knight, gratefully accepts it. As Lady Berciak gives him the belt she insists Gawain must keep it a secret from her husband...and she kisses him.

When Sir Bercilak returns home from the hunt he offers Gawain his modest catch; but Gawain offers only a kiss in return and says nothing about the belt.

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