By Howard Pyle
The lifestyles and instances of Everyone's favourite thief
Filled with motion, villains, and surprises, the legend lives on. Days of previous bursting with pageantry, knights, and lovely maidens go back in an exceptional variation of this favourite vintage tale.
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This knight is light, and may as quickly give some thought to harming an previous girl as thee. ” because the past entire, a door on the decrease finish of the refectory swung open, and in got here Sir Richard, with folded arms and head bowed upon his breast. hence humbly he walked slowly up the corridor, when his men-at-arms stood in regards to the door. whilst he had come to the place the previous sat, he knelt upon one knee. “Save and hold thee, Sir Prior,“ stated he; ”I am come to maintain my day. ” Sir Richard of the Lea begs mercy of the previous of Emmet. Then the 1st be aware that the earlier stated to him used to be, “Hast thou introduced my funds? ” “Alas! i haven't a lot as one penny upon my body,” stated the Knight; whereat the Prior’s eyes sparkled. “Now, thou paintings a smart debtor, I wot,” stated he. Then, “Sir Sheriff, I drink to thee. ” yet nonetheless the Knight kneeled upon the tough stones, so the previous grew to become to him back. “What wouldst thou have? ” quoth he, sharply. At those phrases, a sluggish crimson fastened into the Knight’s cheeks; yet nonetheless he knelt. “I may crave thy mercy,” stated he. “As thou hopest for Heaven’s mercy, exhibit mercy to me. Strip me no longer of my lands, and so lessen a real knight to poverty. ” “Thy day is damaged and thy lands forfeit,” acknowledged the fellow of legislation, plucking up his spirits on the Knight’s humble speech. Quoth Sir Richard, “Thou guy of legislation, wilt thou no longer befriend me in mine hour of desire? ” “Nay,” acknowledged the opposite, “I carry with this holy previous, who hath paid me my charges in not easy gold, in order that i'm bounden to him. ” “Wilt thou no longer be my good friend, Sir Sheriff? ” stated Sir Richard. “Nay, ’fore Heaven,” quoth the Sheriff of Nottingham, “this is not any enterprise of mine, but i'm going to do what I may,” and he nudged the past underneath the fabric together with his knee. “Wilt thou now not ease him of a few of his money owed, Sir previous? ” At this the previous smiled grimly. “Pay me 300 kilos, Sir Richard,” acknowledged he, “and i'm going to supply thee quittance of thy debt. ” “Thou knowest, Sir previous, that it's as effortless for me to pay 400 kilos as 3 hundred,” stated Sir Richard. “But wilt thou no longer supply me one other twelvemonth to pay my debt? ” “Not one other day,” stated the previous, sternly. “And is that this all thou wilt do for me? ” requested the Knight. “Now, out upon thee, fake Knight! ” cried the previous, bursting forth in anger. “Either pay thy debt as i've got acknowledged or liberate thy land, and get thee long gone from out my corridor. ” Then Sir Richard arose to his ft. “Thou fake, mendacity priest! ” stated he, in so stern a voice that the guy of legislations gotten smaller affrighted, “I am no fake knight, as thou knowest complete good, yet have ever held my position within the press and the tourney. Hast thou so little courtesy that thou wouldst see a real knight kneel for all this time, or see him come into thy corridor and not supply him meat or drink? ” Then quoth the fellow of legislations, in a trembling voice, “This is definitely an ailing solution to speak of concerns appertaining to company; allow us to be gentle in speech. What wilt thou pay this knight, Sir previous, to offer thee unencumber of his land? ” “I may have given him 2 hundred pounds,” quoth the previous, “but considering he hath spoken so vilely to my tooth, no longer one groat over 100 kilos will he get.