RARA-AVIS: Marlowe as Arthurian hero?

From: Mario Taboada ( matrxtech@yahoo.com)
Date: 26 Jul 2002

If Chandler was thinking of making Marlowe an Arthurian hero, I wonder which model he had in mind.

Arthur? Hardly a model. Ineffectual at solving a domestic situation. Often cranky. Very likely did not satisfy his wife sexually (too busy with work and hanging out with the boys).

Launcelot? Impulsive, unprincipled, gains a few points for satisfying his best friend's wife sexually, but loses them for being a traitor. Lots of points for valo(u)r.

The closest seems Galahad, especially as seen by Tennyson, whose poetry Chandler must have known:

How sweet are looks that ladies bend On whom their favours fall! From them I battle till the end, To save from shame and thrall: But all my heart is drawn above, My knees are bow'd in crypt and shrine: I never felt the kiss of love, Nor maiden's hand in mine. More bounteous aspects on me beam, Me mightier transports move and thrill; So keep I fair thro' faith and prayer A virgin heart in work and will.



"The skill of man is unequal to the formation of a new man from old materials, but the battered tenement may, with care, be long sustained by props" -- From Becklard's Physiology.

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