Gareth spares him, making him swear to serve Arthur and also go to Camelot and apologize to Lancelot. Finally, Beaumains conquers him, and Persant asks for mercy, which he grants him. Lyonesse stops the final battle by making the two brothers known to each other; then Gareth and Lyonesse are married at Arthur's court. When Gawain heared of this, he turned against Lancelot and demanded that Arthur pursue him to punish him, thus setting the stage for Mordred's takeover. Then must ye tell me your name, said Launcelot, and of what kin ye be born. And there was a great river and but one passage, and there were ready two knights on the farther side to let them the passage.
Sir, she said, I came not to you by mine own will, but as I was commanded. And also ye shall have my love and my lordship in the uttermost wise that may lie in my power. Beaumains' dwarf produces a splendidly dressed horse and fine armor, to all the court's amazement, and Beaumains rides off without spear or shield. One common way that these adventures take place is through the appearance of an unknown person at court, often to ask for favors. That were pity, said the dwarf, and it is marvel that ye make such shameful war upon noble knights. He is Sir Gareth of Orkney, nephew to the king and brother of Sirs Gawain and Gaheris.
How Sir Gareth acknowledged that they loved each other to King Arthur, and of the appointment of their wedding. How King Arthur sent for the Lady Lionesse, and how she let cry a tourney at her castle, whereas came many knights. On the way, he slays the impressive Sir Perarde, the , and takes his armor and horse. Now Beaumains asks the remaining two gifts: that he be assigned this adventure and that he be knighted by Launcelot. In the Sir Launcelot is also given the opportunity to express his views on the qualifications for knighthood. Alas, said Sir Gareth I have been so wounded with unhappiness sythen I came into this castle that I shall not be able to do at that tournament like a knight; for I was never thoroughly whole syne I was hurt.
He then swoons and falls, but Gringamore arrives again and heals him with a drink. So this dwarf departed, and came to Sir Persant, where he found the damosel Linet and Sir Beaumains, and there he told them all as ye have heard; and then they took their leave, but Sir Persant took an ambling hackney and conveyed them on their ways, and then beleft them to God; and so within a little while they came to that hermitage, and there they drank the wine, and ate the venison and the fowls baken. Then the herald cried as he were wood, and many heralds with him: -- This is Sir Gareth of Orkney in the yellow arms; that by all kings and knights of Arthur's beheld him and awaited; and then they pressed all to behold him, and ever the heralds cried: This is Sir Gareth of Orkney, King Lot's son. And then shall we come to the siege by daylight. And ever it lightened and thundered, as it had been wood. Why, said Beaumains, an he be such a knight as ye make him, he will not set upon me with all his men, or with his five hundred knights.
So right as the king stood so talking with these three brethren, there came Sir Launcelot du Lake, and told the king that there was come a goodly lord with six hundred knights with him. Gareth is also the ideal lover, contrasting with both his close friends, Launcelot and Tristram, whose love, for all its virtuous loyalty, is adulterous. Kay runs toward Beaumains with his spear, but Beaumains hits him with the blunt edge of his sword so that Kay falls down as if dead. And then by the means of the damosel Savage Sir Gawaine and Sir Gareth were healed of their wounds; and there they sojourned eight days. The knight offered them food and board to repay for Sir Gareth's deed. Neither recognised the other, and after a couple of hours of fighting, Linet appeared and laughingly told them to stop behaving so stupidly so she could bandage them up. And therefore it were as good for you to hold you still thus all day rebuking me, for away will I not till I see the uttermost of this journey, or else I will be slain, outher truly beaten; therefore ride on your way, for follow you I will whatsomever happen.
With that the black knight, when she came nigh him, spake and said, Damosel, have ye brought this knight of King Arthur to be your champion? The lady Lyness through out the story was belittling him and telling him to go back to his kitchen. O dear mother, said Sir Gawaine, I knew him not. As they continued their journey, the couple met the Green Knight. How the said knight came again the next night and was beheaded again, and how at the feast of Pentecost all the knights that Sir Gareth had overcome came and yielded them to King Arthur. Eventually he explained his strategy of using his year in the kitchens to learn who his true friends might be, and her scorn merely served to stiffen his resolve, so she stopped being obnoxious. Gareth enters Arthur's kitchens with the intention of discovering who his true friends are. This is a reoccurring theme and one page it occurs on is 781.
So there came by him a page. Sir Kay is a telling example of this. And therewith awoke Sir Beaumains, and up he leapt lightly, and saw where Sir Gringamore rode his way with the dwarf, and so Sir Gringamore rode out of his sight. And Bagdemagus' son, Meliganus, brake a spear upon Sir Gareth mightily and knightly. Beaumains and the dwarf ride out after the damsel. And also I must follow this damosel.
Sir, said the dwarf, I have been with my lady's sister of this castle, and she hath been at King Arthur's court, and brought a knight with her. Alas, she said, fair Beaumains, forgive me all that I have missaid or done against thee. Beaumains sends Linet away, and the knights come together, their shields clashing. And so all these noble knights accompanied them with the lady of the castle, and with the red knight of the red laundes; but as for Sir Gareth, he would not take upon him more but as other mean knights. Despite his past victories, the lady continues to taunt him, telling him his victories are only dumb luck.
And as to thee, Sir Persant of Inde, thou hast been ever called a full noble knight, and so have ever been thy three brethren called. And he required Sir Gareth that he might serve him of the wine that day of that feast. He intends to kill him as he himself had slaughtered all the other knights who came to save the lady Lyonesse, but the Red Knight explains that he did so because the lady he loved made him swear to kill Lancelot, and the only way to get his attention was to kill the knights. That may be, said the black knight; howbeit as ye say that he be no man of worship, he is a full likely person, and full like to be a strong man: but thus much shall I grant you, said the black knight; I shall put him down upon one foot, and his horse and his harness he shall leave with me, for it were shame to me to do him any more harm. And they always fall in love at first sight. And then they troth-plight each other to love, and never to fail whiles their life lasteth. All this availeth not, said Beaumains, but if my damosel pray me to save thy life.