Ivanhoe: Top Ten Quotes

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  1. He’s expected at noon, and no wight till he comes
        May profane the great chair, or the porridge of plums;
        For the best of the cheer, and the seat by the fire,
        Is the undenied right of the Barefooted Friar. (Chapter XVII)
    One of the verses of the ballad "The Barefooted Friar", sung by Friar Tuck to the Black Knight.
  2. "Pax vobiscum will answer all queries. If you go or come, eat or drink, bless or ban, Pax vobiscum carries you through it all. It is as useful to a friar as a broom-stick to a witch, or a wand to a conjuror." (Chapter XXVI)
    Wamba explaining to Cedric how to get away with impersonating a priest. Pax vobiscum means "peace be with you."
  3. Norman saw on English oak.
        On English neck a Norman yoke;
        Norman spoon to English dish,
        And England ruled as Normans wish;
        Blithe world in England never will be more,
        Till England's rid of all the four. (Chapter XXVII)
    Proverb recited by Wamba to De Bracy and Front-de-Boeuf.
  4. "Alas! fair Rowena," returned De Bracy, "you are in presence of your captive, not your jailor; and it is from your fair eyes that De Bracy must receive that doom which you fondly expect from him." (Chapter XXIII)
    De Bracy's vain attempt to woo Rowena using the language of courtly love.
  5. "What remains?" cried Ivanhoe; "Glory, maiden, glory! which gilds our sepulchre and embalms our name." (Chapter XXIX)
    Ivanhoe to Rebecca, who questions the value of chivalry and has asked what remains for knights when death takes them.
  6. "Chivalry!-why, maiden, she is the nurse of pure and high affection-the stay of the oppressed, the redresser of grievances, the curb of the power of the tyrant-Nobility were but an empty name without her, and liberty finds the best protection in her lance and her sword." (Chapter XXIX)
    Ivanhoe explains to Rebecca the virtues of chivalry.
  7. "Saint George and the Dragon!-Bonny Saint George for Merry England!-The castle is won!" (Chapter XXXI)
    Wamba celebrates their victory.
  8. "For he that does good, having the unlimited power to do evil, deserves praise not only for the good which he performs, but for the evil which he forbears." (Chapter XXXIII)
    The Black Knight speaking to Locksley.
  9. "Women are but the toys which amuse our lighter hours-ambition is the serious business of life." (Chapter XXXVI)
    Malvoisin speaking to De Bois-Guilbert.
  10. "Thou and I are but the blind instruments of some irresistible fatality, that hurries us along, like goodly vessels driving before the storm, which are dashed against each other, and so perish." (Chapter XXXIX)
    De Bois-Guilbert speaking to Rebecca.

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