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Titel: First English reading book: Engelsch leesboek voor instituten, gymnasiën en hoogere burgerscholen: met Nederlandsche woordenlijst
Auteur: Herrig, Ludwig
Uitgave: Arnhem: J. Voltelen, 1869 *
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: IWO 513 H 21
URL: https://schoolmuseum.uba.uva.nl/bookid/LCSM_204683
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Leesvaardigheid, Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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handsome stranger appeared on the other
side, and as neither seemed" disposed to
give way, they met in the middle of the
bridge.
'Go back,' cried the stranger to Robin
Hood, 'or it will be the worse for you.'
But Robin Hood laughed at the idea of
his giving way to anybody, and proposed
they should each take an oak branch, and
fight it out, and that, whoever could manage
to throw the other into the brook should
win the day. Accordingly they set to in
right earnest, and after thrashing each other
well, the stranger gave Robin Hood a blow
on his head, which effectually pitched him
into the water. When Robin Hood had
waded back to the bank, he put his bugle
to his lips and blew several blasts, till the
forest rang again, and his followers came
leaping from all directions to see what
their captain wanted. When he had toM
them how he had been served by tlie
stranger, they would fain have ducked him,
but Robin Hood, who admired his bravery,
proposed lo him to join their band.
'Here's my hand on it,' cried the stranger,
delighted at the proposal; 'though my
name is John Little, you shall find I can
do great things.'
But Will Stutely, one of Robin's mer-
rymen, insisted upon it that he must be
re-christened, so a feast was held, a barrel
of ale broached, and the new comer's name
was changed from John Little to Little
John, which nickname, seeing that he was
near seven feet high, was a perpetual sub-
ject for laughter.
Not long after this, as Robin Hood sat
one morning by the way-side, trimming
his bow and arrows, there rode by a butcher,
with a basket of meat, who was hastening
to market. After bidding him good morrow,
Robin asked what he would take for the
horse and the basket? The butcher, some-
what surprised, answered he would not care
to sell them for less than four silver marks.
'Do but throw your greasy frock into the
bargain,' said Robin, 'and here's the money.'
Delighted at having concluded so good a
bargain, the butcher lost no time in dis-
mounting and throwing off his smock frock,
which the outlaw instantly put on over
his clothes, and then galloped away to
Nottingham.
On reaching the town, Robin Hood put
up his horse at an inn, and then went into
the market, and, uncovering his basket,
began to sell its contents about five times
cheaper than all the other butchers; for Ro-
bin Hood neither knew nor cared about the
price usually paid for meat, and it amused
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ruin their business. SoS^en tlm^arket
was over, one of them invitéRumn Hood
to dine with their company. The Sheriff
of Nottingham presided at the head of the
table, while at the other end sat the inn-
keeper. The outlaw played his part as
well as the rest of them, and, when the
dishes were removed, he called for more
wine, telling them all to drink as much as
they could carry, and he would pay the
reckoning.
The sheriff then turned to Robin Hood,
and asked him whether he had any horned
beasts to sell; for he was a miser, and
hoped to profit by the new butcher's want
of experience, and drive a good bargain
with him. Robin Hood replied he had
some two or three hundreds; whereupon
the sheriff said, that, as he wanted a few
heads of cattle, he would like to ride over
and look at them that same day. So
Robin Hood flung down a handful of silver
on the table, by way of farewell to his
astonished companions, and set out for
Sherwood Forest with the sheriff, who had
mounted his palfrey, and provided himself
with a bag of gold for his purchase. The
outlaw was so full of jokes and merriment
as they went along, that the sherilf thought
he had never fallen in with a pleasanter
fellow. On a sudden, however, the sherifl'
recollected that the woods were infested
by Robin Hood and his band, and he said
to his companion he hoped they would not
meet with any of them; to which he only
answered by a loud laugh. Presently they
reached the forest, when a herd of deer
crossed their path. 'How do you like my
horned beasts, Master Sheriff?' inquired
Robin. 'To tell you the truth,' replied the
sheriff, 'I only half like your company, and
wish myself away from hence.' Then Robin
Hood put his bugle to his moxith and blew
three blasts, when about a hundred men,
with Little John at their head, immediately
surrounded them, and the latter inquired
what his master wanted. '1 have brought
the Sheriff of Nottingham to dine with
us,' said Robin Hood. 'He is welcome,'
quoth Little John, 'and 1 hope he will