So, to sum up, Gawain is not courteous to ladies, and he doesn't keep his word. Which means that, as a Knight of the Round Table who has sworn to do these very things, he doesn't exactly excel. We might blame some of Gawain's actions on his personality. After all, the narrator tells us that Gawain was a "passyng hote knyght of nature," which, in medieval medical theory, designates him as choleric, or passionate. He's given to intense rages or fits of temper (). We'll summarize: he's impulsive, hot headed, and a bit of a jerk.