MaryAnne Gobble mgobble at
Wed Oct 9 19:21:57 EDT 2002

I hadn't counted the responses before.  Could they also represent the 
apostles?  There were technically 13, since they replaced Judas--

MaryAnne Gobble

On Wednesday, October 9, 2002, at 01:26  PM, David Alan Beck wrote:

> I don't want to change the thread, but a question came up in class 
> today,
> and I wanted to hear some other opinions. We are discussing Lancelot. I
> usually focus on more of the philosophical aspects (i.e.
> existentialism--Kierkegaard and Marcel) and don't go into much detail
> about the Dantean and Arthurian aspect. But we were talking about the
> Arthurian legend today, and one student asked if the number of Fr. 
> John's
> responses had any significance (yes-12 times; no 1 time). It's been so
> long since I've read those stories, I couldn't really answer him (I 
> asked
> to do some exploring as a possible paper topic). He wanted to know how
> many knights were there. If it is 13, he said, the 12 yes's could
> represent the "faithful" and the NO could represent Lancelot (who 
> betrayed
> Arthur).
>   Is there any plausibility here? I know that in my research, I don't
> remember anything about it. (Of course, I could do some more research
> myself but thought that some who know more of Arthur than I might
> have a quick answer.)
> Thanks.
> David Beck
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