This idyll is similar to Pilgrim's Progress in that it is allegorical. On entering the gate to the city, Gareth notices on the keystone a carving of the Lady of the Lake. She has her arms stretched out like the cross, which represents the laying down of ones life. Water drips from each hand, signifying a spiritual cleansing. In one hand is a sword, showing there are spiritual battles ahead , and in the other hand is a censer, which represents the prayer needed for such a journey. Lastly, "o'ver her breast floated the sacred fish," the fish being an ancient representation of Jesus, symbolizing salvation. Gareth proceeds on his journey having a idea of what the journey has in store.
The first knight that opposes Gareth in his quest is Morning Star, whose blue armor and blue shield exude overconfidence. He stands gloriously just before the battle and begins mocking Gareth, saying:
Gareth proceeds to defeat soundly the knight, who represents Pride, and sends him to Arthur to seek pardon.