1969 - Fowles, John - French Lieutenant's Woman
|Title||The French Lieutenant's Woman|
|Mentions||Maid Marian; archery|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2014-07-28. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-10-18.
Five uneventful days passed after the last I have described. For Charles, no opportunities to continue his exploration of the Undercliff presented themselves. On one day there was a long excursion to Sidmouth; the mornings of the others were taken up by visits or other more agreeable diversions, such as archery, then a minor rage among the younger ladies of England—the dark green de rigueur was so becoming, and so delightful the tamed gentlemen walking to fetch the arrows from the butts (where the myopic Ernestina's seldom landed, I am afraid) and returning with pretty jokes about Cupid and hearts and Maid Marian.
The passage occurs early in chapter 16.
For an account of an 'Archery Meeting' attended by elegant lady toxophilites that may conceivably have inspired the passage in Fowles, see 1823 - Rhodes, Ebenezer - Peak Scenery (1).
- Not included in Dobson, R.B., ed.; Taylor, J., ed. Rymes of Robyn Hood: an Introduction to the English Outlaw (London, 1976), pp. 315-19.
- Outside scope of Sussex, Lucy, compil. 'References to Robin Hood up to 1600', in: Knight, Stephen. Robin Hood: A Complete Study of the English Outlaw (Oxford, UK; Cambridge, Massachusetts: Blackwell, 1994), pp. 262-88.
- Fowles, John. The French Lieutenant's Woman (London, 1969). Not seen.
- Fowles, John. The French Lieutenant's Woman (London, 1992); see p. 99.