Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur Book VIII Chapter 30 — 4 Comments

  1. I’d guess Isoud is suffering from “Thwarted Romance Disorder” which is pretty much indistinguishable from depression, although the treatment is Sir Tristram,

    And yeah, “have thy hands full” does sort of jump out. I had no idea it was that old.

    On the subject of idioms with surprising origins, my understanding is that “self-destruct” comes from the episode of Star Trek where Opie’s brother drinks tranya. In real life, ships are “scuttled” and rockets are destroyed by “range safety.” I’d love to see an earlier reference to it.

  2. I would be suicidal too if I were just property to be married off to guys I don’t care about. Also, what happened to Tristram’s decision to stay with Isoud and not bring her to Mark? I’m pretty sure that was a thing, and then all of a sudden it wasn’t a thing.

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