Extending the poem's narrative dimensionality, the virtual field would then coexist with SGGK's intertextual field by means of which Gawain is confronted with his "other" romance-selves through the repeated accusations of the Lady and Bertilak that "he is not Gawain." (21) I suggest that, in part on account of its unintelligibility within its cultural and generic milieu, Gawain's choice is edited out of the narrative in Bertilak's revelatory speech; the Green Knight, a redoubtable inhabitant of the aristocratic order, will assess only Gawain's fidelity to the chivalric economy ("Trwe
restore" ) while the virtual narrative space engendered contains only counter-chivalric possibilities.
Before proceeding to the next step of the game, the Green Knight stresses the importance of the rules by referring to them as a covenant: "And thou hatz redily rehersed, bi resoun ful trwe
, / Clanly al the couenaunt that I the kynge asked" (392-93).