Propriety is the guideline at the great hall of the Geats

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Propriety is the guideline at the great hall of the Geats. Hygd, like Wealhtheow, is the perfect hostess  — courteous, friendly, but courtly — as she walks among the retainers and offers mead. Hygelac  formally inquires about Beowulf's trip, a venture that had concerned him because of the extreme  danger involved. Beowulf is almost nonchalant in his response. He refers to the fight with Grendel as  "dancing in the hall" (2003) and then interrupts his own story to consider Hrothgar's hopes for peace  with the Heathobards (literally the "War-Beards"). Hrothgar has promised to give his daughter,  Freawaru, to Ingeld of the Heathobards in one of those marriages designed to quell a feud. Beowulf,  however, is skeptical of the outcome and imagines a scenario that causes the resumption of the old  feud. In an elaborate form of dramatic irony extending beyond the current epic, 
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course ENG 1320 taught by Professor Bost during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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