1933 - Orwell, George - Down and Out in Paris and London

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Date 1933
Author Orwell, George
Title Down and Out in Paris and London
Mentions Robin Hood; Gilderoy; Samson

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-08-03. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-17.


Another tramp told the story of Gilderoy, the Scottish robber. Gilderoy was the man who was condemned to be hanged, escaped, captured the judge who had sentenced him, and (splendid fellow!) hanged him. The tramps liked the story, of course, but the interesting thing was to see that they had got it all wrong. Their version was that Gilderoy escaped to America, whereas in reality he was recaptured and put to death. The story had been amended, no doubt deliberately; just as children amend the stories of Samson and Robin Hood, giving them happy endings which are quite imaginary.[1]

Source notes

The passage occurs in chapter XXXIV.



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