Lancelot, too, has his eyes opened when the Queen expresses jealous of Elaine, about whom he states: "Ye loved me, damsel, surely with a love/Far tenderer than my Queen's." Lancelot describes her to Arthur thus :
Such descriptions allow the reader to compare her directly with Guinevere. Obviously, Guinevere cannot claim purity as a virtue, yet neither does she appear to be concerned about the person that has died. She is only worried that Lancelot may have loved Elaine more than her. Though there are many whispers about the Queen, there is nothing to demean in her character. Her purity causes Lancelot to regret having loved Guinevere, though the latter expresses no such regret. In this idyll, Lancelot becomes a character with which to sympathize while Guinevere is portrayed as selfish and jealous-heart.
The above painting is Elaine, or the lily maid of Astolat (1870) by Sophie Anderson.