By Roger Lancelyn Green
The vintage tale of social justice and outrageous crafty. Robin Hood, champion of the bad and oppressed, stands opposed to the harsh strength of Prince John and the brutal Sheriff of Nottingham. Taking shelter within the significant Sherwood wooded area together with his band of guys, he is still decided to outwit his enemies.
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You recognize the woodland Laws,’ stated the Sheriff grimly. ‘All correct, my males: one in every of you warmth the irons speedy. Blind him, and switch him unfastened! ’ ‘No, no! now not that! ’ shrieked the guy. ‘Anything yet that! Kill me straightaway! for those who blind me, God will pay off you! Mercy! Mercy! ’ Prince John had ridden out to work out the Sheriff at paintings, and at this second he joined the little crew around the gleaming embers of the cottage. ‘What night-jar have we the following? ’ he requested carelessly. definitely, strong Sheriff, you'll have reduce out his tongue first. you need to retain silent and mystery for those who count on this bogey Robin Hood to return to his relief, as I’ve heard inform he does. Why, this man’s cries will waken the King in Palestine, or anyplace he's now! ’ ‘Silence, you puppy! ’ cried the Sheriff notable the serf approximately around the mouth. ‘You should understand larger than to make this unseemly noise within the presence of His Royal Highness Prince John! ’ ‘Prince John! Prince John! ’ gasped the fellow. ‘Oh, keep me, sire! For God’s love, store me! ’ ‘Who is he? ’ requested John casually. ‘What has he performed? ’ ‘They name him Much,’ stated the Sheriff importantly. ‘He was once a miller as soon as. yet he used to be too keen on the King’s deer. See, his first and moment palms were bring to a halt: that tells its personal tale – a bowstring pulled unlawfully. Now we’ve stuck him at it back: the legislation lays it down that for a moment conviction for deer-slaying, a guy shall have his eyes burnt out. a 3rd time – and he hangs. yet I’ll warrant he’ll locate it difficult to shoot a deer while we’ve performed with him: I’ve by no means recognized a guy to shoot through scent – ha! ha! ’ The Sheriff laughed heartily at his personal shaggy dog story, and Prince John used to be happy to grin. ‘Well, fellow? ’ he stated to negative previous a lot, who nonetheless knelt trembling earlier than him. ‘So please your highness,’ gasped a lot, ‘they burnt my mill to make a much wider hunting-ground and the way to the movement in order that the deer might come there to drink. How may well i am getting my nutrients yet via searching? It’s difficult to shoot immediately and real missing the arrow palms, and real and instantly needs to a guy shoot if he might kill lawful video game, the rabbit and the wood-pigeon… I had little ones, one died of wish, and my boy, younger a lot, was once crying out for foodstuff… we won't reside lengthy upon grass and herbs like an ox, nor upon the roots that the swine consume. ’ ‘Oh,’ acknowledged Prince John, ‘so you made the decision to attempt a richer vitamin, did you? The king’s deer! … used to be there no opposite direction? No, no, grasp Sheriff, enable me deal justly with him… What of this Robin Hood of whom stories are instructed? a few wealthy guy, they are saying – a yeoman or a nobleman born of a few previous Saxon relatives – who, mad idiot, brings aid to such airborne dirt and dust as you and your family members of legislations breakers, kills the king’s deer himself, and has even robbed a handbag at the road prior to now… good, the place is he? And, extra to the purpose, who's he? inform me that, and also you shall hold your eyes to work out your approach to the gallows someday, I’ll be certain! ’ ‘I recognize no longer who he's! ’ gasped a lot. ‘Robin Hood comes out of the woodland – males say he's the great Spirit of Sherwood – and having introduced support, he is going away as silently as he got here.