ROBIN HOOD AND THE SAD KNIGHT
PERSONS IN THE PLAY—Robin Hood, Little John, Midge, Will Scarlet, The Abbot, The Knight, The Prior, The Lord Chief Justice, The Lady
Scene I.—In the Greenwood.
[Robin Hood and his men making arrows.]
Robin Hood. This feather is too short. Give me another, Little John. This is a better one.
Midge. Making arrows is not a simple thing, is it, my master?
Robin Hood. Indeed, no; if the feathers be too short, the arrows will not keep true to their course; and if the feathers be too long, the
arrows will not fly swiftly.
Little John. If all men knew how to make arrows, their skill in shooting would seem greater. Look to your arrows, say I, before you shoot.
Will Scarlet. We should thank the gray goose for the even growth of her feathers, which carries our arrows straight to the mark.
Scene II.—In the Abbot’s Hall
The Abbot. This day a year ago Sir Richard Lea borrowed four hundred pounds from me. He promised to pay in a year or lose his land. If
he does not return today, the land will be mine.
The Prior. The day is now far spent. Perhaps he will come yet.
The Abbot. I am sure I hope he will not. I trust he has left England.
The Prior. The land is worth much more than four hundred pounds. It were a pity if he did pay.