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World famous fictional character Robin Hood is an archer and a hero of the thirteenth and fourteenth century. Known best as an outlaw and a yeoman Robin Hood is an England born Christian. He was a legend who was first depicted in the folk traditions in England. Robin Hood is also known as a great sword fighter. It’s said that he was born in a noble family and that he had fought the religious war approved by the Latin Church known as the crusades. He always covered in Lincoln green. Robin Hood used to rob the rich and help the poor with the stolen money.
Robin Hood was always loyal to King Richard the Lionheart. He used to live in a forest adjacent to Nottingham in England. He has many enemies of whom Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham. Robin Hood dislikes the Sheriff as he loots money from the people by misusing his powers. Robin Hood uses his intelligence and skills to recover the looted money and bring them back to those it belonged. In many situations, Robin is accompanied by The Merry Men who is termed as Robin’s followers.
Many movies, plays and stories portray Robin Hood, and hence, he is one of the characters who lived in the minds of people for ages. Various changes have been made to the original story of Robin Hood during the course of time. The first time the name Robin Hood appears is in the poem Piers Plowman written by William Langland which is said to have composed in the late 14th century. From many writing of the 14th and 15th centuries, it is clear that he was devoted to the Virgin Mary. He was fond of anti-clericalism. Due to the misruling of King Richard’s brother Robin Hood was claimed to be an outlaw.
Whether such a character existed in history is still a topic of debate. The character was said to be created by some unknown balladeers. Apart from the name Robin Hood, many works of literature dating back in the 12th and 13th century hold the same character in different names. But as a fictional character, Robin Hood continues to impress people irrelevant of their age.
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“Say my name,’ he pleaded. ‘Just tell me who I am.’ ‘Gamelyn,’ it was soft as swan down”
“I’ll give you this much; it might be our dagger”
“Rise and rise again until lambs become lions”
“Because if Rob was going to hell, Gamelyn wasn’t going to let him go alone.”
“When the flood cometh it sweepeth away grain as well as chaff.”
“The soft, fluttering cry of a barn owl rose over the churchyard. Silent men flowed out of the dark.”
“you asked me once what I believe in. I believe in this.” Rob raised their hands, laced together like an embroidered bodice. “I believe in this.” First a kiss to their hands, then a kiss to Gamelyn’s pale shoulder, then one against his cheek… and said, hoarsely, “I believe in you.” From fear to love.”
“It wasn’t Sherwood Forest he haunted, it was Marian. She carried him in her thoughts and she would carry out his will with her own hands.”
“The king will catch us if the sheriff should fail to and then the Saxon race can be symbolically and romantically hung by the neck till dead.”
“Jonathon stretched his arms, like he was reading himself for exercise. He leaned back and asked, “Why are you doing this?”
Robin was a bit surprised by the blunt question. “Doing what? Laying here, strapped to this table? I’ll be honest, I’ve asked myself the same question.”
“I need him, Marion – I need him.”
“Deep within the web of pavement and steel, a young boy and girl scurried past an old man, his outdated mechanical limbs shaking and twitching like an addict without a fix. He scowled at the hoodlums, scratching the hole in his face where his nose used to be, sold long ago as a cheap replacement part for someone slightly richer than he was.”
“And now, dear friend, – You who have journeyed with me in all these merry doings, – I will not bid you follow me further, but will drop your hand here with a “good den,” if you wish it; for that which cometh hereafter speaks of the breaking up of things, and shows how joys and pleasures that are dead and gone can never be set upon their feet to walk again.”
“Ilenia era stata una loro compagna di liceo. Single convinta da due anni e precisamente da quando aveva beccato Fabrizio, il fidanzato storico, a letto con “Robin Hood”. Ovvero con un altro uomo completamente nudo, ma con indosso gli stivaletti e il cappellino verde con la piùma. Il trauma, a detta sua, non era stato il tradimento in sé e neanche che fosse avvenuto con un uomo, ma il vederlo travestito da “Lady Marian”, con tanto di cuffietta e calzamaglia. Da quel giorno la poveretta, aveva completamente perso stima e fiducia nel genere maschile, giurando a se stessa che sarebbe morta zitella.”
“Robin Hood: Tuck, where is Marian?
Friar Tuck: Robin? Robin, you’re not dead?
Robin Hood: No, not for want of trying.
Friar Tuck: But your name was read out from the list of fallen soldiers.
Robin Hood: What?
Friar Tuck: Two years ago. We were told you were dead. Marian had a memorial for you. It was lovely. I wrote you a very moving eulogy. It’s a pity you missed it. Well, I’m thrilled you missed it, because it would have been completely inappropriate, given you are not dead.”
“Robin Hood: Where is Marian?
Friar Tuck: Look, things have taken rather a turn since you’ve been gone, Robin. After you died, the Sheriff seized Loxley Manor as collateral for his war tax and threw Marian out. And it’s not just her. He’s crushing us all with his war effort. Tolls, collections. Rob, he’s driven most of the commoners out of Nottingham proper.
Robin Hood: To where?
Friar Tuck: To the mines.
Robin Hood: She’s there now?
Friar Tuck: Yes, but, Rob, Marian’s…
Friar Tuck: This is not going to end well.”
“Little John: I’ve seen your woman, English. She is beautiful.
Robin Hood: She’s not mine anymore, not since the sheriff…
Little John: Shipped you off to war!
Robin Hood: You should have killed me. Everyone thinks I’m dead, so this must be hell!
Little John: You want to know what hell is? I lost my hand in this war. My people were in chains. My land was pillaged. And my son was murdered!
Robin Hood: I’m sorry I couldn’t save him.
Little John: But you tried to.
[Robin nods his head]”
“Little John: In all my years of war, I’ve never seen anything like it. That’s why I chose you.
Robin Hood: Chose me? What for?
Little John: This war, all wars, and everything happening here, it’s as old as time. Rich men getting richer. Men of power taking more power from the blood of innocents. Yours, mine, and my son’s. And I want to stop it. But I cannot do it alone.
Robin Hood: We’re just two men. What can we do?
Little John: You’re only powerless if you believe you’re powerless. Follow me, English.”
“Robin Hood: I want to take the sheriff down. I want to hit him where it hurts.
Little John: One thing keeps him in power.
Robin Hood: He’s got the whole church behind him. He’s got an army of…
Little John: The money.
Robin Hood: What, you mean what he takes from the commoners for the war effort?
Little John: We steal it. You heard him. Nottingham is the bank and the beating heart of the Crusades. And I want to put a knife through it. Vengeance for you, and justice for my son.
Robin Hood: I’m Robin.
Little John: Yahya ibn Umar.
Robin Hood: Yokhya…
[Robin stammers as he attempts to say the name]
Little John: No. Please, no more. In your language, it’s John. Son of Umar.
Robin Hood: John it is.
[they shake hands]”
Little John: You’re slow as the Second Coming.
Robin Hood: Yeah, well, I spent four years of my life killing your people.
Little John: Well, you missed me.
Robin Hood: Yeah, well, nobody’s perfect.
Little John: You must be. I can fire two arrows a second.
Robin Hood: Yeah, you could fire two arrows a second.
Little John: You think you’re faster? Shoot me.
Robin Hood: Beg your pardon?
Little John: You’ve killed hundreds of us. What’s one more?
Robin Hood: Okay.
[Robin shoots an arrow and misses him]
Little John: Please. I said shoot me.
[Robin shoots another arrow]
Little John: Too slow. Fast as you can!
[Robin shoots another arrow]
Little John: Again, come on, English!”
“Little John: [to Robin] This war will be fought up close. You’ll need a street weapon.”
“Little John: [to Robin] You were a lord, but now, you get to be a thief. And I’m going to show you how. This won’t be like any war you’re used to.”
“[John is cutting Robin’s coat with his knife]
Robin Hood: Uh, what are you doing to my coat?
Little John: It’s too long. It’s slowing you down.
Robin Hood: When do I actually get to, you know, steal? I really liked this coat.
Little John: Well, now, it’s a jacket.”
“[as Robin is training, he shoots an arrow, hits the target looking away from it]
Robin Hood: What else you got?”
“Little John: [to Robin] You wanted to steal? Now is your time.”
“[referring to Marian]
Little John: I don’t trust you around her.
Robin Hood: What? I played my part.
Little John: If you need some motivation, if she finds out what we’re up to, it’s her head on the chopping block, the same as ours.
Robin Hood: Really inspiring. Thanks.”
“Sheriff of Nottingham: I’m the law and order here. Tighten the security. All tax collections now go directly to the count room, and double the guard at the treasury.
Friar Tuck: As you say, sir.
Sheriff of Nottingham: I can’t afford to lose another penny.”
“Friar Tuck: Sir, it’s been a bit since your last confession. Would you care to unburden yourself to your friar?
Sheriff of Nottingham: My conscience is clear. Is yours?
Friar Tuck: Try as I might, mine’s always a bit of a muddle.
Sheriff of Nottingham: Well, be that as it may, keep your ears open in your little booth. Any talk of the thief, bring it to me.
Friar Tuck: But, sir, with respect, the Seal of the Confessional is sacred.
Sheriff of Nottingham: Nothing’s sacred till I’ve caught that thief and drowned him in a cage.”
“Lord Pembroke: With respect, sheriff, this thief is making you look like a damn fool!
Robin Hood: If I may, I propose a bounty.
Lord Pembroke: Surely you don’t expect us to finance it.
Robin Hood: No. I will stake it personally. Should we say a thousand a week to begin with? And then I’ll double it every week, thereafter, until he’s either caught or killed.”
“Robin Hood: What about the Hood?
Will Scarlet: The Hood. He means nothing to me. He’ll be caught, and forgotten. And what I, Marian, and the rest of the commoners are fighting for is much bigger than some petty thief turning over a few couriers and collection boxes.
Robin Hood: Still, I wouldn’t bet against him. I reckon he’s just getting started.”
“Robin Hood: John! I’ve had a thought. Hear me out. I want to go big. Forget couriers and collection boxes. I want to hit the treasury itself.
Little John: Hard target.
Robin Hood: Pull the tail, see who bites!
Little John: How would you do it?”
“Arch Deacon: Our cardinal has asked me to convey to you his disquiet, at your so-far defensive response to this thief.
Sheriff of Nottingham: It’s nothing I can’t handle. You can tell His Eminence he needn’t lose any sleep.
Arch Deacon: Reassure him yourself in due time. He’s coming here.
Sheriff of Nottingham: From Rome? Over a petty thief?
Arch Deacon: The church does not consider the raiding of its treasury petty.
Sheriff of Nottingham: Ah, he barely escaped, and he got away with nothing.
Arch Deacon: But what’s dangerous is the audacity of his crimes. He’s got our commoners looking up, seeing hope. We want their backs bent and heads bowed.”
“Arch Deacon: There’s been whispers of revolt. Unchecked, those whispers will build into a roar.
Sheriff of Nottingham: It’s treason. It’s punishable by death.
Friar Tuck: Treason’s a very strong word, sir. Isn’t the Christian thing to turn the other cheek?
Sheriff of Nottingham: How do you love a God that gives you that face?
[Deacon and Nottingham laugh]
Arch Deacon: Sheriff! Given our shared interest in the outcome of the war, it’s essential this thief is caught and his rhetoric suffocated.
Sheriff of Nottingham: I’ll restore the order. You keep the faith, Your Grace.
Arch Deacon: Sheriff, the church can make a man, or break him. For your allegiance, we offer you the world. But in failure, we can also take it away. Remember that. Hm? Let’s make the cardinal feel welcome, sheriff.”
“[he grabs hold of Tuck]
Sheriff of Nottingham: If you ever defy me again in front of the church…
Friar Tuck: I‘m sorry, sir. I was only speaking for the Gospels.
Sheriff of Nottingham: Oh, the Gospels. Well, never, never forget, Tuck, God’s up there. I’m down here.”
“Little John: He’s coming because of the Hood. Our plan is working!
Robin Hood: That’s very easy to say from where you’re standing.”
“Maid Marian: Will and I got an invite to the cardinal’s party. Was that your doing?
Friar Tuck: I may have put a word into the sheriff’s ear as to the political astuteness of tossing commoners a few crumbs from the guest list.
Maid Marian: I may never get into the palace again. This is our shot.
Friar Tuck: And we must take it. And Will?
Maid Marian: He can’t know what we’re doing. He wouldn’t approve.
Friar Tuck: Rob will be there, surely.
Maid Marian: And?
Friar Tuck: Marian, what we are doing is very dangerous. We cannot risk letting our emotions compromise it. You and Rob…
Maid Marian: Tuck, I know. You sure you’re up for this?
Friar Tuck: [chuckles] No.”
“Lord Pembroke: Stealing from the rich to give to the poor. He’s taking the piss out of the whole damn natural order.
Robin Hood: Oh, you flatter him. He’s a smash and grabber, nothing more. And hideously ugly, hence that ridiculous hood.
Sheriff of Nottingham: I wonder if he isn’t a veteran. Huh?
Robin Hood: Of the Crusades?
Sheriff of Nottingham: Clearly, he’s well-trained. He’s audacious. Adaptable under fire.
Robin Hood: Hmm. Living on luck there, sir. You’ll get him eventually.”
“Robin Hood: So, Marian. Who do you think the thief is?
Maid Marian: He’s all of us. That’s what counts.
Robin Hood: Ah, so you’re an admirer.
Maid Marian: He has his qualities.”
“Sheriff of Nottingham: You want to see fear? I’ll send my men to raid the mines tonight. Now, when that’s done, I’ll take the commoners for everything they’ve got, from their pisspots to their pocket coins. And when that is done, I will burn their shit slums to the ground, just to remind them they’re not the people, they’re my subjects. Will that satisfy you, priest?
Cardinal: Go with God, sheriff.”
“Little John: We’re too late. There are too many of them.
Robin Hood: What, for you and me? There’s not enough.”
“Maid Marian: Rob?
Robin Hood: How did you know it was me?
Maid Marian: You call that a disguise?
[she pulls down the scarf tied around his mouth]
Robin Hood: Well it fooled everybody else!
Maid Marian: I’m not everyone else!”
“Robin Hood: All I wanted was to get you back.
Maid Marian: Maybe that’s how it started, but it’s bigger than that now.
Robin Hood: I’m not who you think I am. The Hood’s just a disguise.
Maid Marian: I know you. Loxley is the disguise.”
“Maid Marian: In the mines, there’s a thing called a firedamp, when a single spark sets the air on fire. That’s what you are for the people.
Robin Hood: Me?
Maid Marian: If not you, who? If not now, when?
Robin Hood: The sheriff, he and the cardinal, they’re in league with the Arabians somehow.
Maid Marian: Yeah. I might have proof.
Robin Hood: But if the people knew…
Maid Marian: If the people knew, they’d fight. With the right leader.”
“Little John: If you want me to give up the thief, at least give me the respect and try and beat it out of me.
Sheriff of Nottingham: No. You’d just die on me out of spite. Humans are the only species that fear death. But not just the threat of it, but its finality. That’s what separates us from the insects and the dogs. The Arab, however, doesn’t fear death at all, because your false prophet promised you the garden.
Little John: A man without faith. Lonely.
Sheriff of Nottingham: Liberating. Without judgment, no sin.
Little John: Faith. We stare death in the face with courage and honor.
Sheriff of Nottingham: Really? Because I was told that your boy begged for his life right up until the moment that we took his head from his neck. Decapitation’s a funny thing because the eyes keep seeing. The mind goes on trying to deny death. Even if it’s just for a few more moments. But I wonder what your son might have been thinking in those final seconds. I imagine it to be something like, “Father, why have you brought me to this place? Father, I’m scared. Father, why don’t you save me?”
[John tries to grab hold of Nottingham in anger, but his chains won’t allow him]
Sheriff of Nottingham: If you don’t give me the thief’s name, I will gorge you with pig’s blood and I will burn you and you will never see paradise. But if you do give me his name, I’ll martyr you quickly, cleanly. You will join your boy.”
“Sheriff of Nottingham: Oh, I’m glad your faith is so strong. It’s going to make breaking it so much sweeter.
Little John: I’m a killer. I was born into this war. But I’ve never met a man who had his killing coming as much as you do. You’re going to want to believe in a god. You’re going to want to see His face and think that something can save you. But you’ll see my face. And that’s the last thing you’ll see.”
[to the crowd]
“Robin Hood: Four years ago, I marched off to fight for a liar’s cause. Left my heart, came home an heir to nothing. The question is, what would you do to get back what’s yours? I’m guessing you’d be up for a little redistribution of wealth?
Will Scarlet: Well, the sheriff has already rinsed us for everything we have.
Robin Hood: The sheriff and the cardinal are plotting against England with the enemy. Now, I don’t know what their scheme is, but I’m willing to bet that it’s your money bankrolling it. Money which is due to set sail to Arabia in three days.
Maid Marian: But not if we stop them.
Robin Hood: Some say I rob from the rich and give to the poor. But if the rich are stealing from you, who’s really the thief? I was Robin of Loxley, a Crusader under the flag of the King of England. Then I was the Hood. Now, I really don’t care what you call me, thief or lord. All I know is I’m nothing without your help. This is our crusade! And each and every one of us has to stand up or we all go under.”
“Will Scarlet: The sheriff will have all his Crossmen on that convoy.
Friar Tuck: A legion of them, no doubt. Elite killers armed to the teeth, and the city streets on lockdown, so you can forget about the element of surprise. We’ll be lambs to the slaughter. This is…
Will Scarlet: Suicide, yeah, we get it.
Will Scarlet: What do you say to that, then, soldier?
Robin Hood: Set up a meeting at Loxley Manor. Everyone who’s with us.”
“Robin Hood: Here’s the plan.”
“Sheriff of Nottingham: As long as he is uncaught, my money’s not safe. Now did you leave your balls for this kind of work in the desert, did you? I want his blood flooding the streets of Nottingham! I want the rats swimming in it! I want the dogs licking it from the streets! My life rides on that wagon.”
“Sheriff of Nottingham: A thousand pounds for the man who brings me Hood! One of these bastards knows who he is!”
“Maid Marian: Was that supposed to happen?
Robin Hood: Yeah, of course.”
“Friar Tuck: [to John] I’m actually quite giddy to find myself an outlaw. It’s the most exciting thing that’s happened to me since, uh, well, come to think of it, ever.”
“Robin Hood: You know, when I was back in the desert, all I thought about was coming back here and being with you. Sitting in our manor, eating and drinking and not doing very much. And now we’re fugitives, and me the leader of a revolution. I didn’t see it coming.
Maid Marian: I did.
“[as they are making their way to Sherwood]
Friar Tuck: It’s a nice forest. We haven’t officially met. I’m Tuck, by the way.
Little John: Yahya ibn Umar.
Friar Tuck: Phew. Would you mind if I just translate it and call you John?”
“Friar Tuck: [voice over] Feels like a perfect ending, doesn’t it? But it’s not. Fate plays its part. And it’s the way of things that as one story ends, another begins.”
“A personal game-changer was when Ridley Scott cast me as King John, the King of England, for ‘Robin Hood.'”
“After high school, I worked as a messenger boy at a local bank. I was miserable. I felt like Robin Hood chained in the Sheriff of Nottingham’s dungeon. As a would-be writer, I thought it was a catastrophe. As a bank employee, I could barely add or subtract and had to count on my fingers.”
“Basically hated everything made in the ’80s, music television – it was really about the ’90s for me. ‘Encino Man’ was a big hit. ‘Robin Hood: Men in Tights.'”
“Bonnie and Clyde were almost like a modern-day Robin Hood, stealing ‘the government’s money.’ I think that’s a bit of why they were glorified.”
“Essentially, Robin Hood put a smackdown on the medieval equivalent of the IRS.”
“I always wanted to be Robin Hood or John the Baptist when I was growing up. Bear Grylls”
“I loved Laurel and Hardy and TV shows like ‘Robin Hood’ and ‘Rama of the Jungle’.”
“I remember my first scene with Alan Rickman, and I was anxious because he is a slight ‘method’ actor; as soon as he is in his cloak, he walks and talks like Snape – it is quite terrifying. But I really wanted to talk to him because ‘Robin Hood’ was one of my favourite films.”
“I thought I’d write a massive postmodern novel about Richard the Lionheart and Robin Hood, but it turns out they couldn’t have met because the first mention of Robin Hood appears 60 years after Richard died.”
“I was mischievous. I wasn’t bad. I stole food so we could eat. My mother didn’t know. I used to tell her some man gave me $10 to sweep out the yard. I was like Robin Hood. I took from the rich and gave to the poor. Me.”
“I was very struck by the fact that Robin Hood became increasingly taken over by the middle and upper classes. He starts out a bandit but becomes a fully fledged aristocrat. David Farr”
“I would rather portray the hero if it’s a really great film. All my favorite fictional film characters are heroes, such as in ‘The Last of the Mohicans’ and ‘Robin Hood.'”
“I’m always polite in auditions, but I wasn’t like, ‘Oh, please give me the job,’ for ‘Robin Hood’ because I didn’t think I’d get it. I got told about the audition just a few days before I went to India to film something else. I must have been a bit cocky with it.”
“I’m no savior, and I’m no Robin Hood.”
“In ‘Robin Hood,’ I did quarterstaff fighting.”
“In true-life dramas, you have to do so much research. It’s a big responsibility to make sure things are as correct as possible. In ‘Robin Hood’, you have more artistic license – it’s all action, adventure and reaction. This gives everyone a chance to make their characters their own and to make them believable.”
“I’ve always loved history, from my youngest memories. My father enjoyed the great stories of history, like Hereward the Wake, Robin Hood, and Richard the Lionheart, and he shared them with me. I went on to do a degree in history, though I found it rather dry, because it was mostly about politics rather than dashing individuals!”
“John Kerry had a very vivid imagination as a young person. I mean, he actually did go and take his bicycle from Norway to go camp in Sherwood Forest to be around the ghost of Robin Hood.”
“Most Robin Hood stories are not very exciting. There are not a lot of surprises.”
“My agent asked if I fancied Robin Hood and I thought: ‘Yeah, why not?’ I hadn’t watched it, to be honest, but I’d seen bits and knew it was really popular Saturday family viewing with heaps of action. I thought it would be great fun. I was up for a good old play-fighting and the scripts were terrifically exciting.”
“My message to David Cameron, as the head of our government, is to seriously think again about this Robin Hood tax, the tax to help the poor by taking a little bit from the rich.”
“People look up to Jacques Mesrine as if he were a Robin Hood, stealing from the rich, but he never gave anything back to anybody.”
“Richard Armitage is very good at the old horse riding because of course he did it in ‘Robin Hood,’ so he’s very good at that.”
“Robin Hood is often seen as the hands-on-hips, archetypal, tally-ho hero. But, realistically, the one calling the shots wouldn’t be at the front shouting about it. He’d be the one you don’t expect.”
“Sadly, this is the same old Republican story of Robin Hood in reverse – tax cuts for the rich while programs for average and low income Americans suffer.”
“The Border Ballads, for instance, and the Robin Hood Ballads, clearly suppose a state of society which is nothing but a very circumscribed and not very important heroic age.”
“The character of Robin Hood stands for the deep anger of the dispossessed against the ruling classes.”
“The idea of a stag hunt evokes chivalry – knights in jerkins and hose, ladies on sidesaddles with wimples and billowing dresses, a white stag symbolizing something-or-other, and Robin Hood getting in the way. An actual stag hunt is more like a horseback meeting of a county planning commission.”
“The reason it’s called ‘The Heart of Robin Hood’ is that he starts off not having a heart – or certainly not being in contact with it. And through a series of stories, he learns to discover that he has one. He becomes much more dramatic as a character, to be honest, because there’s something rather too smug about the endless do-gooder.”
“There’s an interesting mix to ‘Robin Hood’ because it’s kind of modern but medieval. There is a blend of adventure with a very modern feel.”
“Trying to please everyone can be very hard, but, like ‘Shrek’ or ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Robin Hood’ manages to entertain adults and children at the same time, but in different ways.”
“What America needs is not Robin Hood but Adam Smith. Rand Paul”
“When I played Robin Hood, I knew the great role was Alan Rickman’s and it didn’t bother me. I always think that leading actors should be called the best supporting actors.”
“When I was a kid, my favorite superhero was Robin Hood.”
“Robin: I’m sure you’ve learnt to bake, but you have not learned to handle Much. The phrases that you need my lady, are “No”, “No you can’t”, and “No, get out of here before I throw something at you”.”
“Robin: Golden arrow? And what would we do with a golden arrow? Give it to Alan for a lute string? I could hang it around my neck on a chain, perhaps, and let it stab me in the ribs when I tried to sit.
Marian: And your honour as an outlaw?
Robin: My honour as an outlaw concerns staying alive; and presenting my neck anywhere near the Sheriff of Notingham, who feels it wants lengthening, runs directly counter to that honour.
Marian: The sheriff will be gravely disappointed.
Robin: That’s the best news I’ve heard all week.”
“Zorro also is part of the bandido tradition, most closely associated with the possibly mythical Joaquin Murrieta and the historical Tiburcio Vasquez. As well as these local California legendary figures, Zorro is an American version of Robin Hood and similar heroes whose stories blend fiction and history, thus moving Zorro into the timeless realm of legend. The original story takes place in the Romantic era, but, more important, Zorro as Diego adds an element of poetry and sensuality, and as Zorro the element of sexuality, to the traditional Western hero. Not all Western heroes are, as D. H. Lawrence said of Cooper’s Deerslayer, “hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer,” but in the Western genre the hero and villain more often than not share these characteristics. What distinguishes Zorro is a gallantry, a code of ethics, a romantic sensibility, and most significant, a command of language and a keen intelligence and wit.”
“Hacemos lo que hacemos porque hay algo que podemos hacer al respecto. Las cosas como «¿cuanto tiempo?» y «¿que pasará?» no forman parte de eso. Se trata de esperanza, no del horror.”
“Well, what was it to be a thief? He met the question at last, face to face, wiping the clammy drops of sweat from his forehead. God made this money – the fresh air, too – for his children’s use. He never made the difference between poor and rich.”
“As for righting wrongs and fighting for civil liberties, that sort of thing, it wouldn’t be so bad … but then we have to sing those songs about wearing Lincoln green and aiding the oppressed. We don’t, Cully, we turn them in for the reward, and those songs are just embarrassing, that’s all, and there’s the truth of it.”
“Robin Hood was also a terrorist ? but he had some style and a little class.”
“It’s not really fun listening to an insane person. Do you realize that? You’re only entertaining yourself. Not much of a host, if you don’t mind my critique.”
“Golden arrow? And what would we do with a golden arrow? Give it to Alan for a lute string? I could hang it around my neck on a chain, perhaps, and let it stab me in the ribs when I tried to sit.”
“He takes the guilt and responsibility that others can’t. John takes the punches. I just take the hunger, and most times it feels like awful little.”
“At the end of the day, I fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. If that makes me an outlaw, so be it. I’ve been called worse.”
“We don’t steal from the rich and give to the poor. We steal from the poor because they can’t fight back –most of them– and the rich take from us because they could wipe us out in a day.”
Roger Lancelyn Green
“Underneath this little stone
Lies Robert Earl of Huntington;
No other archer was so good –
And people called him Robin Hood.
Such outlaws as he and his men
Will England never see again.”
“He had danced with fair maidens before, but Odette was different. She was graceful and beautiful, but there was something in her eyes and in the things she said, an intelligence and a boldness that belied her quiet demeanor.”
“Robin Hood: Ah, but remember faint hearts never won fair lady.”
“I’ve heard this is what you do,’ he said. ‘Stealing to feed people.’ His head went to the side. ‘It’s so … strange.”
“Many people are trying hard to be invincible, and most of the time they fail invisible, while few find their spotlight. But the remarkable person is one, who can be both invincible and invisible at the same time.”
“Will you come with me, sweet Reader? I thank you. Give me your hand.”
“He who jumps for the moon and gets it not leaps higher than he who stoops for a penny in the mud.”
“So passed the seasons then, so they pass now, and so they will pass in time to come, while we come and go like leaves of the tree that fall and are soon forgotten.”
“You who so plod amid serious things that you feel it shame to give yourself up even for a few short moments to mirth and joyousness in the land of Fancy; you who think that life hath not to do with innocent laughter that can harm no one; these pages are not for you.”
“What is done is done; and the cracked egg cannot be cured.”
“(H)ope, be it never so faint, bringeth a gleam into darkness, like a little rushlight that costeth but a groat.”
“It doth make a man better,’ quoth Robin Hood, ‘to bear of those noble men so long ago. When one doth list to such tales, his soul doth say, ‘put by thy poor little likings and seek to do likewise.’ Truly, one may not do as nobly one’s self, but in the striving one is better…”
“An I must drink sour ale, I must, but never have I yielded to a man before, and that without would or mark upon my body. Nor, when I bethink me, will I yield now.”
“Let us e’er be merry while we may, for man is but dust, and he hath but a span to live here till the worm getteth him, as our good gossip Swanthold sayeth; so let life be merry while it lasts, say I.”
“You who so plod amid serious things that you feel it
shame to give yourself up even for a few short moments
to mirth and joyousness in the land of Fancy; you who
think that life hath nought to do with innocent laughter
that can harm no one; these pages are not for you”
“Now there was no sign of any foul weather, but when one wishes to do a thing . . . one finds no lack of reasons for the doing.”
“Gaffer Swanthold speaks truth when he saith, ‘Better a crust with content than honey with a sour heart.”
“Then Allan touched his harp lightly, and all words were hushed while he sang thus: “‘Oh, where has thou been, my daughter?
Oh, where hast thou been this day
Daughter, my daughter?’
‘Oh, I have been to the river’s side,
Where the waters lie all gray and wide,
And the gray sky broods o’er the leaden tide,
And the shrill wind sighs a straining.’
“‘What sawest thou there, my daughter?
What sawest thou there this day,
Daughter, my daughter?’
‘Oh, I saw a boat come drifting nigh,
Where the quivering rushes hiss and sigh,
And the water soughs as it gurgles by,
And the shrill wind sighs a straining.’
“‘What sailed in the boat, my daughter?
What sailed in the boat this day,
Daughter, my daughter?’
‘Oh, there was one all clad in white,
And about his face hung a pallid light,
And his eyes gleamed sharp like the stars at night,
And the shrill wind sighed a straining.’
“‘And what said he, my daughter?
What said he to thee this day,
Daughter, my daughter?’
‘Oh, said he nought, but did he this:
Thrice on my lips did he press a kiss,
And my heartstrings shrunk with an awful bliss,
And the shrill wind sighed a straining.’
“‘Why growest thou so cold, my daughter?
Why growest thou so cold and white,
Daughter, my daughter?’
Oh, never a word the daughter said,
But she sat all straight with a drooping head,
For her heart was stilled and her face was dead:
And the shrill wind sighed a straining.”
All listened in silence; and when Allan a Dale had done King Richard heaved a sigh. “By the breath of my body, Allan,” quoth he, “thou hast”
“Up rose Robin Hood”
“So passed the seasons then, so they pass now, and so they will pass in tome to come, while we come and go like leaves of the tree that fall and are soon forgotten.”
“Now, you and I cannot go two ways at the same time while we join in these merry doings; so we will e’en let Little John follow his own path while we tuck up our skirts and trudge after Robin Hood.”
“Once I slew a man, and never do I wish to slay a man again, for it is bitter for the soul to think thereon.”
“Then all was quiet save only for the low voices of those that talked together, … , and saving, also, for the mellow snoring of Friar Tuck, who enjoyed his sleep with a noise as of one sawing soft wood very slowly.”
“Such were the travelers along the way; but fat abbot, rich esquire, or money-laden usurer came there none.”
“IN MERRY ENGLAND in the time of old, when good King Henry the Second ruled the land, there lived within the green glades of Sherwood Forest, near Nottingham Town, a famous outlaw whose name was Robin Hood.”
“Let me tell you, an I had the shaping of things in this world, ye should all three have been clothed in the finest silks, and ride upon milk-white horses, with pages at your side, and feed upon nothing but whipped cream and strawberries; for such a life would surely befit your looks.” At”