Thus the monstrous Gerioneo, intent on bringing matters to a swift conclusion, sets about Prince Arthur in the Faerie Queene (V. xi. v). However, despite enjoying the advantage of having three bodies—and, therefore, three pairs of arms which enable him to shift his axe from side to side with bewildering rapidity— Gerioneo is outfought. One by one his arms are pruned away, ‘like fruitlesse braunches’ until, at last, his bodies are hacked quite through so that they fall ‘all three one senselesse lumpe’. Yet, although Prince Arthur's technique is clearly superior to the brute force of his adversary, Spenser's account is hopelessly vague, and we can form no idea as to how the hero achieves success.