|Plot Summary of Parsifal's Page|
|"Piers is a son of a blacksmith and a retired lady in waiting. A man comes by his fathers shop and Piers begs to be his page. The man accepts, and takes Piers to Camelot, where he insults the king the day he arrives. Another man, who also wants to be a knight finds out, and goes to challenge and kill the man. Piers then asks to be his page. He also accepts. They both go out to do a great deed, so that Parsifal can become a knight. First they happen along Sir Gurnemains, who teaches Parsifal courtly manners. Then they set off again and meet a few knights who challenge Parsifal. They come upon a castle that is very strange, but Piers insists that it is very bad manners to ask why something is strange, or what ails someone, so Parsifal did not. He found out after it was too late, that if he had asked, he would have saved his uncles life, and so he became very sad and angry, and sent Piers away.
Piers goes back to Camelot and meets Sir Gawain, who instantly sets out to find Parsifal, and allows Piers to come along also. First they find two people who love each other but refuse to marry because of “romantical disposition.” They straighten up that mess and then ran into “The Wonderful Bed,” which almost killed them, but they ended up being able to release the castle from a very old spell. Then they found Parsifal and Piers went with him to find the castle again to try to lift the spell."
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|Review Analysis of Parsifal's Page|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 10%
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- fantasy world/fantasy past
Coming of age
- great warrior
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Kid's book (ages 7-14)
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
- during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times
Takes place on Earth?
- rotating 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
How much dialogue?
- significantly more dialog than descript
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