Class discussion began a few minutes before the formal opening of class time. Students were asked after their progress on the research paper abstract, which is due before the beginning of class time on Friday. A number of questions were raised and answered; students reported being satisfied with the answers provided.
Discussion moved from there into discussion of Monday's quiz and backgrounds of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. The latter included the manuscript context and major tropes such as humilitas and the heraldic blazon. The possibility of reading SGGK as satire of the chivalric was raised--helpfully.
Attendance was assessed informally; fourteen students of the nineteen listed on the class roster attended. Students are encouraged to continue reading and to work diligently to finalize their abstracts (late penalties will apply to late submissions, per syllabus policy).