Amadis of Gaul, Volume 2
N. Biggs, 1803
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Amadis and Galaor were within two leagues of London when they saw Ardian the
Dwarf coming towards them as fast as horse could gallop. Never trust me, quoth
Amadis, if he comes not with the news of some great mishap to seek us.
... and fastened it round the cousin of Arcalaus ; they took the horses of the dead,
one for the King, and one for Galaor, and rode towards London. They halted at
the dwelling of Ladasin, and there found Galaor's Squire and Ardian the Dwarf, ...
... the sword, he gave the pieces to Gandalin's care : You shall now hear how the
battle was performed, and what great danger he underwent because of that
broken sword, not from any fault of his own, but for the ignorance of his dwarf
The Dwarf said he would go, for he had nothing to delay him; and this was the
means whereby Amadis and Oriana were both brought into extreme misery,
neither they nor the Dwarf himself being culpable. The Dwarf rode back to his
The Dwarf rejoined his master, and showed him the pieces of his sword, but
Amadis asked him no questions, and he said nothing of what had passed.
Presently they met a Damsel, who asked whither they were going.—Along this