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The Shooting-Match at Nottingham Town. III. - Will Stutely rescued by his Good Companions. PART SECOND. I. - Robin Hood turns Butcher. II. - Little John goes to the Fair at Nottingham Town. III. - How Little John lived at the Sheriffs House. PART THIRD. I. - Little John and the Tanner of Blyth. II. - Robin Hood and Will Scarlet. III. - The Merry Adventure with Midge the Miller. PART FOURTH. I. - Robin Hood and Allan a Dale. II. - Robin seeketh the Curtal Friar of the Fountain. III. - Robin Hood compasseth the Marriage of Two True Lovers.
I. Robin Hood and the Tinker. NOW it was told before how two hundred pounds were set upon Robin Hood’s head, and how the Sheriff of Nottingham swore that he himself would seize Robin, both because he would fain have the two hundred pounds and because the slain man was a kinsman of his own. Now the Sheriff did not yet know what a force Robin had about him in Sherwood, but thought that he might serve a warrant for his arrest as he could upon any other man that had broken the laws; therefore he offered fourscore golden angels to any one who would serve this warrant.
Thereupon Robin quickened his pace, as did the stranger likewise; each thinking to cross first. ” “Now,” quoth Robin, “by the faith of my heart, never have I had a coward’s name in all my life before. ” “Ay, marry, that will I abide thy coming, and joyously, too,” quoth the stranger; whereupon he leaned sturdily upon his staff to await Robin. Then Robin Hood stepped quickly to the coverside and cut a good staff of ground oak, straight, without flaw, and six feet in length, and came back trimming away the tender stems from it, while the stranger waited for him, leaning upon his staff, and whistling as he gazed round about.