Arthur’s most noticeable trait is how sensitive he is, and how easily offended he becomes when he realizes his brother has been writing romantic letters to his future wife. This “taints her” in his eyes and makes it hard for him to open up his heart to her, until she appeals to his romantic imagination and takes an interest in the things that appeal to him… such as his love of the mythological kingdom of Camelot. The two of them eagerly trade ideas about making it a reality, bringing Camelot to England, installing a round table (he delights in the idea that this would force all his father’s pompous lords to treat each other as equals), etc. He finds it incredibly difficult to articulate his feelings, and confesses that he tried to write her a romantic letter, but it ‘pales’ in comparison to his brother’s presumed achievements. Upon their first proper walk outside, Catherine complains of being cold and it raining; rather than suggest they go indoors, Arthur argues with her that it is a mere drizzle, and then points out they can only speak alone outdoors, for inside, they will have others listening to them. He becomes quite sullen and childish in his jealousy, as he focuses on his brother having “stolen” his bride from him. He is often prone to taking a book and sitting under a tree, where he will also confide his doubts about his marriage and insecurities about Catherine to Maggie Pole. She is able to comfort him, and help him not read too much into the behaviors of others.

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A dutiful young man and one who often avoids the outer world by staying buried in his books, Arthur is also plagued by self-doubt. He is not sure he can be a proper king, or compete with his brother’s love letters; even though she belongs to him, he is anxious about Catherine loving him less than Henry. He turns to Maggie for support and reassurance that he can be a good king, that his wife loves him and does not think of another, and that he has been forgiven for Maggie’s brother’s death. He has a warm and agreeable nature toward his cousin, but can also be mildly quarrelsome, insulting, and petty in his overreactions to perceived slights. Arthur is cold to his wife for a time, but then softens once he realizes she intends to work with him toward their greater future and help him build Camelot. His 5 wing shows in how withdrawn and secretive he is. He does not immediately want to consummate his marriage and is hesitant to connect to or trust Catherine. She has to enter his world for him to open up to and confide in her.