Chapter By Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at the time and reviewing it as if I were reviewing an episode of a TV show or an issue of a comic. There will be spoilers if you haven’t read to the point I have, and if you’ve read further I ask that you don’t spoil anything further into the book. Think of it as read-along book club.
Remember, the book is in public domain. Download or read the ebook online legally and for free at Project Gutenberg, Google Books or the Internet Archive among other sites, or check out the audiobook from LibriVox. You can also use a print copy. In either case my copy may not match up with yours chapter-wise. Follow along with the very-long subtitle. For this chapter:
Recounting How Allan A Dale Was Brought to Robin Hood, Who Promised to Help Him in Trouble. Also How Robin Sought the Curtal Friar of Fountain Abbey With That Aim in View. Likewise, How Robin Hood Brought Two True Lovers Together Who Would Else Have Been Made Unhappy All Their Lives
For those of you who haven’t been keeping up, Robin Hood is helping Allan A Dale wed his true love before she’s forced to marry an older man. So far, being a minstrel is the only thing that’s remained of Allan in the various reinterpretations over the centuries. We also met Friar Tuck, being a friar also the only thing that’s remained, as despite being met during a huge feast Tuck can kick butt and let God sort them out. Although being a friar I’m guessing he’s have to assist that anyway. Now Robin has the Friar, and the groom. Can he now get the bride to the right altar in time?
Chapter III: Robin Hood Compasseth The Marriage Of Two True Lovers
So in a book given out by a school we have a typo. I find that funny for some reason. I’m betting most of you didn’t have that unless you’re somehow using the same copy I am.
This one I read right through instead of stopping for comments. That’s a sign of a good chapter. Robin comes up with a plan to ensure that Ellen marries Allan instead of Sir Stephen and I have to give the old knight credit. When he learns his would-be bride would rather be another’s bride he graciously steps aside and it’s for Ellen (who he says he actually loves) rather than the gang’s swords. I have to respect that despite my own teasing. Granted that makes Tuck look bad for insulting him as he left though. The father had to begrudgingly give his blessing
Most of the chapter involves descriptions of places and clothes plus the group waiting for the wedding party to arrive, small as it is. Robin’s minstrel disguise, the coach of the Bishop, the usual talk of the beautiful weather, it’s not overbearing but it doesn’t leave a lot for me to discuss. Allan and Ellen are married, Friar Tuck asks to join Robin’s band because he does love the excitement (and the food, and the ale, but unlike your typical Tuck we know this one is clever and can hold himself in a battle with something other than a big chunk of ham), and our latest trio of stories ends.
I rather enjoyed Part Third. Robin does good without being a total idiot, nobody seriously got hurt, two lovers were brought together, the rival actually turns out to be a decent guy (compare that with every rival ever, who turns out to be a total jerk in romance stories) and it was just fun. Now in my copy remember the book was split into two volumes, so next time I’m heading to the next volume. For me it’s a new part first but if we’re doing this right (although I think there’s a set of stories missing–if so I’ll go back and fix that when I’m done as a “lost part” of sorts using the links I keep opening with) next time is actually part fourth.
Next time: Robin Hood Aideth A Sorrowful Knight
I wonder if it’s Sir Stephen? That would be an interesting twist.