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holy grail

Medtalk A literary way of expressing 'elusive goal'
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For Arthur, the Grail quest is a fool's errand that threatens to emasculate the members of the Round Table, as their enthusiasm for ritualistic practices and supernatural mysticism distracts them from their rightful manly role, the performance of "noble deeds.
Hardyng's chronicle, I believe, had a greater influence on Malory than has been recognized, for besides giving some details, it gave Malory an example of a story that blended chronicle and romance traditions and that presented the Grail Quest as a more secular quest that preceded the downfall of Arthur's kingdom.
Although Tennyson himself voiced no direct opinion on controversial religious matters (evangelical or otherwise) and counted among his friends Dissenters, Anglicans, and Catholics, (22) his religious conservatism is apparent in Arthur's condemnation of the Grail quest as one which will leave his knights following "wandering fires / Lost in the quagmire
With the focus on the Grail Quest in Section V, the expanse broadens, for the loss of the Grail represents the loss of civilized values altogether.
He has no need for Roman Catholic caps to protect him from the sun in New Mexico and from his spiritual enlightenment, his Grail quest.
Por coi la pucele pleure': The Feminine Enigma of the Grail Quest.
Arthur and his court, who had been the background to the original story of Perceval, were drawn into the story of the Grail until the Grail quest became at once the culmination and the breaking point of the Round Table.
Michael Moore 2 (3) Midnight Jacqueline Wilson 3 (2) Monstrous Regiment Terry Pratchett 4 (-) Blow Fly Patricia Cornwell 5 (-) Big Bad Wolf James Patterson 6 (5) Crap Towns: The Top 50 Crap Towns in Britain 7 (4) Heretic: Grail Quest S Bernard Cornwell 8 (7) Pompeii Robert Harris 9 (-) Brick Lane Monica Ali 10 (-) Schott's Original Miscellany Ben Schott
Michael Moore; 2 (3)Midnight JacquelineWilson; 3 (2)Monstrous Regiment Terry Pratchett; 4 (-)Blow Fly Patricia Cornwell; 5 (-)Big Bad Wolf James Patterson; 6 (5) Crap Towns: The Top 50 Crap Towns in Britain; 7 (4)Heretic: Grail Quest S Bernard Cornwell; 8 (7) Pompeii Robert Harris; 9 (-)Brick Lane Monica Ali; 10 (-)Schott's OriginalMiscellany Ben Schott.
So far, Herbie's biggest success has been with his series of game books The Grail Quest.
Kervorkian, who has turned happy endings into a grail quest.
Tennyson used the grail quest, which contributes to the widening wasteland, to denounce sectarian exclusiveness over a faith that can enrich a whole society.