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In The Sword and the Stone Book I of The Once and Future King by TH White the main character Wart is on a quest to find a tutor One day when Wart is attempting to find his brother Kays hawk he meets what seems to be a ghost of an old knight on a white horse He has a short conversation with the knight and he then gallops away Arthur unsuccessful in finding the hawk and realizes that he is lost decides to rest until morning When he wakes up he stumbles upon a small house Inside Wart finds an old man who reveals himself as Merlyn There were pots that cleaned themselves a talking owl and all sorts of magical items Wart explained his story to Merlyn and he offered to take him back to his castle The Wart is surprised that this man he just met would take him all the way home and to add on to his shock Merlyn unveils that he will become his tutor Sir Ectors castle is located in the midst of a wild English forest called the Forest Sauvage On a hot summer day in August a month after Merlyns arrival the Wart meets his new tutor for his first lesson They stand on a bridge above the castles moat and the Wart wishes out loud that he were a fish The magician grants his wish and the Wart finds himself in the water in the form of a perch Merlyn is swimming beside him in the form of a large wish-looking tench Merlyn then teaches Wart to swim At the bidding of a roach another kind of fish they visit a family of fish whose mother is ill and Merlyn cures her They then visit the King of the Moat an old pike who tells the Wart about power and threatens to eat him The King of the Moat gives Wart an example of power
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