Dr Hood replaced the silk hat carefully on the side table, and went across to the captive.
I have looked at all the knots on Mr Todhunter," reiterated Hood quietly.
Dr Hood," he cried enthusiastically, "you are a great poet
I have no notion what you are talking about," said Dr Hood rather haughtily; "my facts are all inevitable, though necessarily incomplete.
But a hatter," protested Hood, "can get money out of his stock of new hats.
There was a long silence, and Dr Hood regarded the little man who had spoken with a dark and attentive smile.
But Robin Hood lay hidden in Sherwood Forest for one year, and in that time there gathered around him many others like himself, cast out from other folk for this cause and for that.
So, in all that year, fivescore or more good stout yeomen gathered about Robin Hood, and chose him to be their leader and chief.
Up rose Robin Hood one merry morn when all the birds were singing blithely among the leaves, and up rose all his merry men, each fellow washing his head and hands in the cold brown brook that leaped laughing from stone to stone.
Then Robin Hood stepped quickly to the coverside and cut a good staff of ground oak, straight, without new, 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.
Then Robin Hood and all his band laughed aloud until the stranger began to grow angry.
Nay, good friend," said Robin Hood, "bottle thine anger, for the name fitteth thee well.
Here stood a great oak tree with branches spreading broadly around, beneath which was a seat of green moss where Robin Hood was wont to sit at feast and at merrymaking with his stout men about him.
He once more extended his hand to Robin Hood
, assured him of his full pardon and future favour, as well as his firm resolution to restrain the tyrannical exercise of the forest rights and other oppressive laws, by which so many English yeomen were driven into a state of rebellion.