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1969 - Fowles, John - French Lieutenant's Woman

Allusion
Date 1969
Author Fowles, John
Title The French Lieutenant's Woman
Mentions Maid Marian; archery

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2014-07-28. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-07-28.

Allusion

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.[1]

Source notes

The passage occurs early in chapter 16.

IRHB comments

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).

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