332 THE STORY OF ROBIN HOOD
that the money must be paid that day or the lands be forfeited.
The Knight stood up straight and tall: ' It is well,' said he,' to prove one's friends against the hour of need,' and he looked the Abbot full in the face, and the Abbot felt uneasy, he did not know why, and hated the Knight more than ever. ' Out of my hall, false Knight!' cried he, pretending to a courage which he did not feel. But the Knight stayed where he was, and answered him, ' You lie, Abbot. Never was I false, and that I have shown in jousts and in tourneys.'
' Give him two hundred pounds more,' said the Justiciar to the Abbot, 'and keep the lands yourself.'
' No, by Heaven!' answered the Knight, ' not if you offered me a thousand pounds would I do it! Neither Justiciar, Abbot, nor Monk shall be heir of mine.' Then he strode up to a table and emptied out four hundred pounds. ' Take your gold, Sir Abbot, which you lent to me a year agone. Had you but received me civilly, I would have paid you something more.
' Sir Abbot, and ye men of law,
Now have I kept my day ! Now shall I have my land again, For aught that you may say.'
So he passed out of the hall singing merrily, leaving the Abbot staring silently after him, and rode back to his house in Verisdale, where his wife met him at the gate.
' AVelcome, my lord,' said his lady,
' Sir, lost is all your good.' 'Be merry, dame,' said the Knight,
' And pray for Robin Hood.
But for his kindness, we had been beggars.'
After this the Knight dwelt at home, looking after his lands and saving his money carefully till the four hundred pounds lay ready for Robin Hood. Then he bought a hundred bows and a hundred arrows, and every arrow