She [Andrivete] replies [xv] that she has never heard anything like it, even though she is of this country, and demands he tell her the details. So Dinadan recounts the rumours that concern her, adding that he is all the more sure than when he left Arthur’s court only two days ago, where Kay received the news from a wise and loyal knight, the lady’s seneschal, whose conduct is highly blameworthy, because the king was prepared to come rescue her and give him his land, in the event that she were to marry Kay. She tells him that he is falsely informed, and while they discuss, Epinogre appears and with him Hector de Maris, who defies the two knights and knocks them down, both wounded. Dinadan curses his bad luck and, above all, this absurd custom to give battle to all and sundry. Andrivete in her turn jeers at his misfortune and threatens to follow him; but he flees to a hermitage to heal himself and she goes to rest at the home of a woodsman who welcomes her kindly. For his part, the messenger sent by Kay learns that all the rumours people have spread about Andrivete are false; he finds all the country risen in support for her; he searches, but in vain, to find her, and informed that she has left secretly, he returns to his master who is disconcerted by such unfortunate events.
The same day Gawain proposes to Girfflet that they go to the fountain of Merlin, where they cannot fail to have some kind of adventure. Indeed, no sooner are they arrived than they are assailed by a troop of knights. A bloody fight ensues, following which they take Girfflet prisoner, who Gawain cannot save because he has lost the bit for his horse; he runs in haste to Carlion to get another one, but at his return he finds no one on the field of battle, and he despairs for the loss of Girfflet, in spite of the efforts of his friends who attempt in vain to console him. Next they arrive at a river so large and so deep that not one of them dares to attempt the crossing; besides, they find no trace on the riverbank of the horsemen who have crossed it, and Gawain returns from the place completely devastated, while the knights that [xvi] have seized Girfflet drag him along the edge of the woods, very displeased to not have been able to capture Gawain to take him to their lord, Escanor king of the Great Mountain, who has vowed a mortal hatred of them.