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. In the Morte the Queen is judged in terms of her adherence to the doctrine of courtly love: "whyle she lyved she was a trew lover, and therfor she had a good ende"Camelot in the Nineteenth Century: Arthurian Characters in the Poems of Tennyson, Arnold, Morris, and Swinburne
Tennyson takes the opposite stance: since Guinevere repents deeply for having been Lancelot's mistress and does her penance at length while living in the nunnery, she finds peace. There is, as well, the pleasant possibility offered by Tennyson's Arthur that Guinevere may reclaim her husband—if she so desires—in heaven, after her soul has been cleansed. It would seem that the opportunity to make exactly this decision on her own was all Guinevere truly desired from the outset.
I LOL'd. Did not find that pearl-clutching worthy.