Gareth

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Gareth

knight who, though Lynette scorns him as only a kitchen hand, successfully accomplishes rescuing her sister. [Br. Poetry: Tennyson Idylls of the King]

Gareth

queen requires him to disguise himself as a kitchen hand before he may seek knighthood. [Br. Poetry: Tennyson Idylls of the King]
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all that night the red knight made three score knights to watch Beaumains, that he should have no shame nor villainy."
One reason romance heroes rely so often on concealment is that a false identity, at least one that is antithetical to the hero's genuine identity, enhances the latter by providing contrast: just as Superman appears more powerful because we mistook him for mildmannered Clark Kent, Beaumains' pedigree and valor impress all the more because his audience, internal and external, thought he was just a cowardly kitchen boy.
Gareth, a tall, handsome young man who undertakes his first quest as "Beaumains," the kitchen boy, but later reveals himself as the brother of Gawain.
He agrees to this, and Sir Kay, the king's steward, nicknames him Beaumains, because his hands are unusually fine and large.
Although the regimental cook is satirically compared to "the worshipful Beaumains" (119), who served his apprenticeship in Arthur's kitchen, the Morte d'Arthur is not otherwise invoked.