“Guy’s Rose”, Ch. 32-34–Sir Guy Falls and its Aftermath,2/10/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #126)
Author’s Scheduling Note: My “Guy’s Rose” story is almost at its close. It will continue being serialized here on my blog for a few more chapters, until it concludes. Links to earlier chapters are found after the image references.
Author’s Story Note: I began writing the story of “Guy’s Rose” wanting to explain what might have influenced the change we saw in the character of Sir Guy of Gisborne from the BBC Robin Hood series 3 episode 2 (tormented, beleaguered, and depressed over killing Lady Marian) to his triumphant return to Nottingham in episode 5 (confident, commanding, the picture of regal male beauty, and in Prince John’s favor). And just as Sir Guy made a transformation, so has this story been transformed in the telling of it. However, Sir Guy’s fate was always pre-ordained in my mind–and I have not wavered in reaching this point. This next chapter was very hard for me to write–as it will be hard for you to read. But if we are to honor the better man that Sir Guy [(2) right]became with the love of his Lady Rose–“Guy’s Rose”–then we must also honor the sacrifices he made in becoming that better man. I have paired two following chapters with Chapter 32 in this installment–so that you will see our fallen hero Sir Guy honored by his comrades, and because I would not leave you without hope for and comfort in his legacy with Lady Rose in the intervening days until the next installment is posted here on my blog.
“Guy’s Rose”, Ch. 32–Sir Guy Finally Chooses England over Personal Interests, But He Still Falls
Though none would have thought it, the great and fierce Sir Guy of Gisborne, evil henchman of Sheriff Vasey, scourge of Prince John, and estranged from his own sister Isabella, finally chooses the right path–to fight for England. It is when a shadowy figure kidnaps Sir Guy and Robin Hood–forcing them to listen to a different version of their mutual pasts than what they had been lead to believe–that Sir Guy joins forces with Robin Hood and his outlaws. Sir Guy and Robin’s goal is to free their half brother Archer, the son of Sir Guy’s mother Lady Ghislane and Robin Hood’s father Sir Malcom of Locksley. The shadowy figure who was the long thought to be dead is Sir Malcom of Locksley, Earl of Huntington–not coming back to haunt them, but to lift the tormenting misery of their respective childhood tragedies[(3) right]. It is revealed that Sir Guy did not kill his parents and Robin’s father when an accidental fire raged out of control. Sir Guy’s mother died after an accidental fall trying to break up a fight between Sir Malcom and Sir Roger of Gisborne, Sir Guy’s father. Thinking he had murdered those whom he loved has been the overriding pain and torment of Sir Guy’s life–to believe that he killed his parents, his sweet mother Ghislane, who was goodness personified has tortured Sir Guy for the last twenty years.
But now that burden is lifted and Sir Guy and Robin have a new purpose which forces them to ally themselves to each other–to rescue their brother Archer. Their rescue is not without danger–as their all three almost getting hanged attests to [(4) right]. But they are then rescued in the nick of time by Robin Hood’s outlaws. And Sir Guy even returns the favor and saves Little John’s life–to Little John’s astonishment. And the mercenary Archer–for whom self interest is even more legendary than what Sir Guy might have felt and acted upon–briefly and disastrously aligns himself with their sister Isabella by providing her and the sheriff with byzantine fire, only to be betrayed by her as well.
When the Nottingham villagers, Sir Guy, Archer, and Robin Hood and his outlaws realize that they cannot hold Nottingham Castle against the onslaught of the risen from the dead Sheriff Vasey’s army supplied by Prince John, they lure Vasey and Isabella into Nottingham Castle. They hope to have the villagers escape through the underground tunnels. But the final confrontation comes at great cost to two men–foes for most of their life, but now allies. A great cost to Robin for whom choosing the right path was always the only and an easy option–despite his self aggrandizing appeal to his adoring populace at times–Isabella’s poisonous knife blade proves to be this hero’s end. And a great cost to Sir Guy, for whom choosing the right path was never an option until the very end of his life–when he had the support of others such as Robin and the outlaws, and the knowledge that Lady Roseanna bears his child and will also mother his first born son Seth–with Sheriff Vasey running him through with a sword [(5) right] and his sister Isabella literally stabbing him in the back and bringing Sir Guy’s brief foray into being Nottingham’s and England’s true and good knight to its end.
Before Robin succumbs to the poison in his body later after blowing up the castle with Sheriff Vasey and Isabella in it, Robin and their brother Archer support Sir Guy in their arms as Sir Guy slips into unconsciousness from his wounds in the underground tunnel while the villagers escape. This is a noble end for Sir Guy–better in any way than he could have ever hoped for, or thought he deserved. And not even the love of Sir Guy’s Lady Roseanna–nor his love for her–can forestall death’s sting for Sir Guy. For the gods must have their reckoning and Sir Guy must atone for his sins if he is to be redeemed. He has killed many an innocent person–and many not so innocent persons. But in joining with Robin’s cause for England, Sir Guy has redeemed himself.
Sir Guy to Archer: “Brother.” Sir Guy sighs in weakly grasping Archer’s arm[(6) right]. Archer’s face cannot hide his sadness to find he has a brother, only to lose him.
Sir Guy to Robin: “Because of you, I die proud.” Robin smiles in acknowledgement of his former foe, now his friend.
It is said that our life flashes before our eyes when we die–and so it is for Sir Guy. As Sir Guy drifts into unconsciousness, he dreams of the one for whom he must yet seek forgiveness if he is to expiate his sins and be reunited with his wife Lady Roseanna and their children in another life–Sir Guy dreams of Lady Marian.
Below is the hauntingly beautiful video by JulietD001 “Sir Guy of Gisborne ‘Eternal Sleepsong’”[(7) below] that symbolizes Sir Guy finally finding peace and receiving forgiveness from Lady Marian:
Sir Guy to a vision of Lady Marian: “Marian, the love of my life.”
Lady Marian’s spirit: Lady Marian kisses Sir Guy[(8) right]. “Guy, I have come for you, to give you peace. I forgive you for killing me. You have become the better man I always knew you could be. And I am sorry for having been false to you at times and I seek your forgiveness. Because, I cannot rest in eternity without you knowing that I did love you.”
Sir Guy hears Lady Marian’s spirit speak the words that he has so longed to hear. Sir Guy is released from his torment and his soul can now seek its repose. Sir Guy’s eyes become fixed [(9) right] upon the spot where the vision of Lady Marian stands over his wounded body, his breathing stills, and all goes dark. Robin closes Sir Guy’s eyes and Sir Guy’s arm falls to his side. Robin gently lays Sir Guy’s head on the cold pavement.
Robin and Archer cannot tarry from their purpose. They stand quickly and take one last look at Sir Guy’s body[(10) right]. Then they turn and leave the tunnel to set about their task–to bring down the castle around Vasey’s and Isabella’s heads. Sadly, Archer will then lose his other brother this day, Robin who succumbs to Isabella’s poisoned blade. Two men–Robin and Guy–neither were all good, nor all bad in the end. For it is their sacrifice for others that we remember and that we honor. Because, the villagers have escaped and will live to fight another day–as will Archer–for England.
Sir Guy of Gisborne finally made the right choices in choosing to selflessly sacrifice himself for others and for England’s cause. And the choices we make define our character. As the Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, “character is destiny” [(11)]. And so Sir Guy’s life is redeemed. He has atoned for his sins through his sacrifice. Sir Guy has become the honorable man it was in his destiny to be fulfilled. And we mourn him.
To be continued with Chapter 33
“Guy’s Rose”, Ch. 33–Burying the Dead, Tending to the Living
It is now the later afternoon on Saturday, the same day of Robin Hood’s Outlaw group destroying Nottingham Castle in a huge explosion. The Sheriff and Isabella are dead amongst the rubble, Robin Hood is dead, and Sir Guy is dead. The Hood outlaws said their prayers and buried Robin that morning. Now the same must be done for their other fallen comrade, Sir Guy of Gisborne. Brother Tuck takes Little John [(12) right] aside to gain his help as they stand at the edge of the woods, looking at the destroyed Nottingham castle in the distance.
Br. Tuck: “John, we have a solemn duty to perform. Will you help me?”
John: “Aye, if it is in my power to do so.”
Br. Tuck: “Thank you my dear friend. We must see if Sir Guy’s body can be found, give him the last rites, and bury him with honor in hallowed ground.”
John: “But the castle collapsed. We’ll nere be able to find anyone left inside it.” He looks at the cleric incredulously.
Br. Tuck: “Perhaps. But Sir Guy’s body will be in the tunnel passageway outside of the Castle walls proper. It might yet be reachable. And as a man of god, I must give his spirit guidance into heaven if I can.”
John: “Alright Tuck. I will come.” John says not too grudgingly. For all the evil Sir Guy had done, he had begun to redeem himself in John’s eyes–especially after Sir Guy saved his life in York.
It has been nearly four hours since the battle destroyed Nottingham at mid day and night will draw near. Br. Tuck and Little John must make haste. They do not tell the others what they are doing nor where they are going. Brother Tuck and Little John solemnly trudge back toward the secret tunnel entrance in the cemetery yard outside of Nottingham Castle with heavy hearts. They carry shovels and picks with them for uncovering Sir Guy’s body, if need be–and a stretcher to bring his body out into the open air–and then to bury him in hallowed ground. They make their way underground and find that the tunnel is relatively free of debris–and free of dust from the collapse, though the air is stale and musty. They begin their search for Sir Guy’s body.
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A still form lies on the cold hard damp stone of the destroyed Nottingham Castle’s relatively clear underground tunnel passageway. It is the great Sir Guy of Gisborne [(13) right], former lieutenant and henchman of Sheriff Vasey–and now the fallen honorable comrade of the late Robin Hood and his band of outlaws. Who could have predicted an end such as this for Sir Guy? Though the outlaws and he had not really become friends over the course of the last two weeks when he joined their cause, they and Sir Guy had a begrudging respect for one another. They had joined together to do battle against first Sheriff Isabella Thornton–Sir Guy’s conniving sister–and then Sheriff Vasey, risen from the “dead”. If only Sir Guy had made sure that he had killed Sheriff Vasey, Sir Guy’s body might not be lying alone and friendless in the underground tunnel. There were too many “if only’s” in Sir Guy’s life–times where fate dealt him cruelly, as it has now, or times when he chose the wrong path, time and again. But it is too late for recriminations for Sir Guy as his body lies with none to visit him–nor even to say a prayer over him–but the scurrying rats that infested the castle. Only God sees Sir Guy now–and accepts his atonement, expiating in his sin.
No man could have been more alone than Sir Guy is at this moment. He does not know how long he has lain here on the cold stone floor. Has it been hours or days? He slips in and out of consciousness. He only knows that every shallow breath he takes causes him pain and the cool damp only makes it worse. He does not have the strength to move. The air is stale and musty in his lungs as he takes shallow breaths. He longs to be asleep again, to be unconscious again and dream of his two loves–his Lady Marian and his Lady Rose–and of his children Seth, and their yet to be born child. Could they both now be lost to him forever? Will his fate be to die alone underground with no one to comfort him? Sir Guy does not open his eyes, but he moans when a rat tries to nibble on his hand and the rat skitters away, startled by his objection. Rats do not like interference in their task. Sir Guy knows he should be dead, but he does not seem to be dead. Or is this purgatory–where he will be condemned to exist friendless because he was a friend to no one? Or is he on the brink of death again as when he fainted earlier when Robin and Archer thought him dead? He knows not. Sir Guy only knows that if he could see his Lady Rose once more, to hold her in his arms again, to hold their coming child in his arms, that his life would then be complete. But the strain of remaining conscious saps his strength and Sir Guy drifts into unconscious sleep again.
Br. Tuck and John see the skittering rat and presume that they are near Sir Guy’s body–rats not being particular about whence their food comes. They turn a corner in the tunnel and see Sir Guy’s still body lying in the corridor and go to him. Br. Tuck kneels at Sir Guy’s head and says a brief prayer. Then he looks more closely at the body, it is cold–as is this tunnel.
Br. Tuck: “Even in death, Sir Guy looks almost alive. His face is pale to be sure and his body limp after it has relaxed from its initial tensing in death …” (known today as rigor mortis) … “but he almost looks alive.” Tuck shakes his head in sorrow.
John: “Aye. And there was not much blood spilt, so our task will not be a messy one.”
Br Tuck: “John!” Brother Tuck looks at John with consternation. “Messy or not, we have a solemn duty to perform–that of laying our brother to rest.”
John: Chastened he says “My apologies Brother Tuck. It has been a long and tiring day. And, …” John begins to choke up. “… him I liked–after he saved my life.”
Br Tuck: “I know, John. Sir Guy’s life was being redeemed by his right actions. But he was cut down before he could complete that journey. Let us roll him onto the stretcher and take him out of here to his final resting place next to his parents.”
So, Brother Tuck grabs the stretcher and lays it alongside the length of Sir Guy’s body. As John kneels in front of Sir Guy’s body, he rolls the body toward him.
Sir Guy: “Hhhhh.” Sir Guy softly sighs in pain at being moved, but does not open his eyes nor does he move his arms.
John: Raising himself up with a start, John looks at Brother Tuck kneeling behind Sir Guy and now sliding the stretcher underneath him. “What was that?” John asks fearfully.
Br Tuck: “John, I have tended many a dead body. It is merely the movement of the body causing residual air to move through his lungs. A last gasp, if you will. Sir Guy is dead.” Tuck says soothingly, but sorrowfully.
They roll Sir Guy’s body to lay back onto the stretcher.
John: “Are you sure he’s dead, Tuck!” Both men look at each other in wonder and then at Sir Guy who is slowly coming back to consciousness again as his nostrils reveal their faint breathing.
Br Tuck: “How can this be? The Sheriff ran him through, then Isabella stabbed him in the back with her poisoned blade. Robin and Archer saw him die.”
Sir Guy: “Ahhh” Sir Guy moans again–his eye lids fluttering in pain, but not quite open.
John: “It is the devil’s work. The devil has claimed him for his past misdeeds and he will be evil again.”
Br Tuck: Shaking his head at his superstitious companion, he examines Sir Guy’s face and chest–putting his ear close to Sir Guy’s mouth listening for breath and feels it–then he sits back up and says “Nay John. Sir Guy must have merely fainted, appearing to be dead. I have heard tales of people surviving such trauma. His major organs must have been missed when he was stabbed–except I think he may have a collapsed lung. And his tightly cinched leather vest has acted as a compress to stop the bleeding. And with his lessened blood circulation, the poison of Isabella’s blade could not work its evil on him. John, have you never heard of the story of Lazerus? The man presumed dead whom Christ touched and rose again?”
John: “Well, yes, Tuck.” He looks at the cleric sheepishly. “But I didn’t believe it … until now.”
Br. Tuck: “Sir Guy has been blessed with another chance at life. But John we must move quickly if we are to make sure that he doesn’t actually die now.”
To be continued with Chapter 34
Chapter 34: Tending to Sir Guy’s Wounds
So Sir Guy’s two comrades–Brother Tuck and Little John–gingerly load him onto the stretcher they brought with them and haul him out of the tunnel. They know that they cannot move Sir Guy far or risk him bleeding by being jostled–and his lung is still collapsed, hampering Sir Guy’s breathing–let alone the strain of carrying the stretcher a far distance on them. So, they walk fifty yards to a deserted cottage home outside of Nottingham Castle and near a stream. There they lay Sir Guy on a cot bed and begin to carefully undo his leather vest’s buckles. John starts a fire and gathers fresh water for their healing task.
Br Tuck: “We must be careful in removing his tight fitting leather vest, lest its loosening cause bleeding from reduced compression. But I fear we must remove the vest, because the compression may be preventing his lung from expanding again.”
John: “How do you know this?” He asks incredulously
Br Tuck: “I tended soldiers wounded in battle as cleric and physician. I saw many such instances of collapsed lungs.” He says simply, the furrow on Tuck’s brow revealing the distress he feels in remembering such horrors.
John: “Sorry Tuck, I didn’t mean to bring up bad memories.”
Br Tuck: “Not at all. But we must hurry.”
And they do. They gently strip Sir Guy’s torso of his clothing–cutting off his leather vest and thin linen shirt underneath.
Br Tuck: Tuck nods. “The bleeding is stopped. Good. And Sir Guy’s belly is not bloated. So he must not have bleeding inside.” Listening with his ear to first one and then the other side of Sir Guy’s chest, Tuck stands up again and says “It is as I suspected. His left lung has collapsed from where Isabella stabbed him in the back. We must relieve the pressure. John, take this knife and hold it in the fire to clean it. Then I must pierce Sir Guy’s side.”
John: “Tuck, I think he’s been stabbed enough today.” John looks at Tuck curiously and tilts his head in incredulity.
Br Tuck: “Nay John. I will make a small cut to release the extra air surrounding lung and let his own lung expand. Have you not seen this done with bloated sheep?”
John: “Alright, you have me there, Tuck.” He acknowledges with rolled eyes and a tilt of his head. John heats the blade, then cools it down a bit in the fresh water. They can hear the sizzle and know that the blade will also cauterize the wound that Tuck will make.
Br Tuck: “Now pray that this works.” Tuck says as he makes a small cut in Sir Guy’s side between two ribs with the hot knife. John nods. Almost instantly, they hear a hissing sound. Then Sir Guy takes a deep breath and Tuck listens at Sir Guy’s chest to hear Sir Guy’s lung expand. “It worked!”
Sir Guy: “Ohhh!” Sir Guy sighs in pain, but grateful to be breathing deeply again for the first time in several hours. With deeper breaths, Sir Guy becomes more conscious. Sir Guy’s eyes flutter open and he sees Tuck and John standing over him.
Br Tuck: “How do you feel?”
Sir Guy: “It hurts … to breathe and move.” He winces in pain.
Br Tuck: “That is normal after an injury such as yours. Lay still.”
Sir Guy: “But I should be dead.” He moans now a little more alert. “Why am I not dead?”
Br Tuck: “Providence and the almighty have more work for you among the living, my son.”
John: “Personally, I just think he’s too stubborn to die.” John smiles broadly first at Tuck and then at Sir Guy. “Besides, you I liked.” Sir Guy’s face betrays a small smile as he gazes at the man whose life he saved only a few days ago, John Little.
Sir Guy: But then, worry creases Sir Guy’s brow. “Rose, you must get word to My Lady Rose[(15) right] –before Prince John tells her that I am dead.”
John: Thinking that Sir Guy is still delirious, John asks “Rose? Who is this Rose you speak of?”
Tuck and John look at each other in utter astonishment.
To be continued with Chapter 35
(1a) Guy’s Rose story graphic composite image–Sir Guy, as portrayed by Richard Armitage in the BBC production of Robin Hood–drawing by Judiang and initially shared at http://www.jagrant.com/watcher/creativity-guy-drawing/
(1b) Guy’s Rose story graphic composite image–rose graphic found at http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_D8VwTKAphks/TQ5I9nYhgdI/AAAAAAAAN6k/vdOKQ4QsSsU/s1600/pink_rose_petals.jpg
(1c) Guy’s Rose story graphic composite image representing Lady Roseanna Oxbridge Middleton was changed to grayscale and cropped to head only of “A Portrait of a Young Lady” by Eugene de Blaas was found at http://www.paintingall.com/images/P/Italian-Academic-Classic-Painter-Eugene-de-Blaas-A-Portrait-Of-A-Young-Lady-Oil-Painting.jpg
(2) Sir Guy of Gisborne (as portrayed by Richard Armitage) in the BBC’s Robin Hood series 3, episode 13 (pix 23) http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodethirteen/slides/13_023.html
(3) Sir Malcom of Locksley (as portrayed by Dean Lennox Kelly), Robin Hood (as portrayed by Jonas Armstrong), and Sir Guy (as portrayed by Richard Armitage) in the BBC’s production of Robin Hood series 3, episode 10 (pix 105) was found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodeten/slides/epten_105.html
(4) Archer Locksley (as portrayed by Clive Standen), Robin Hood (as portrayed by Jonas Armstrong), and Sir Guy (as portrayed by Richard Armitage) in the BBC’s production of Robin Hood series 3, episode 11 (pix 122) was found at
(5) Sir Guy (as portrayed by Richard Armitage) being stabbe in the BBC’s production of Robin Hood series 3, episode 13 (pix 124) http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodethirteen/slides/13_124.html
(6) Sir Guy (as portrayed by Richard Armitage) looking at his brother Archer (as portrayed by Clive Standen) in the BBC’s production of Robin Hood series 3, episode 13 (pix 133)
(7) “Sir Guy of Gisborne ‘Eternal Sleepsong’”, a hauntingly beautiful and poignant video by JulietD001, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1uLo0am57s
(8) Lady Marian (as portrayed by Lucy Griffiths) kisses Sir Guy (as portrayed by Richard Armitage) represent the spirit of Lady Marian forgiving Sir Guy in the BBC’s production of Robin Hood http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasontwo/Episode11/slides/rh211_121.html
(9) Sir Guy (as portrayed by Richard Armitage) slips into unconsciousness in the BBC’s Robin Hood series 3, episode 13 (pix 139) http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodethirteen/slides/13_139.html
(10) Robin Hood (as portrayed by Jonas Armstrong) leaves Sir Guy’s (as portrayed by Richard Armitage) lifeless body in the BBC’s Robin Hood series 3, episode 13 (pix 144) http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodethirteen/slides/13_144.html
(11) Heraclitus, “Character is Destiny” quote information was found at http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Heraclitus
(12) Composite photo of Little John (as portrayed by Gordon Kennedy) cropped from http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/episodetwelve/slides/12_046.html
and Tuck (as portrayed by David Harewood) cropped from http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/episodetwelve/slides/12_008.html
(13) Sir Guy’s (as portrayed by Richard Armitage) lifeless body lying in the tunnel in the BBC’s Robin Hood series 3, episode 13 (is 146) http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodethirteen/slides/13_146.html
(14) Sir Guy’s (as portrayed by Richard Armitage) brow furrowing in pain http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodesix/slides/ep6_0012.html
(15) Image representing Lady Roseanna is “A Portrait of a Lady” by Eugene de Blaas and was found at http://www.paintingall.com/images/P/Italian-Academic-Classic-Painter-Eugene-de-Blaas-A-Portrait-Of-A-Young-Lady-Oil-Painting.jpg
(16) Sir Guy (as portrayed by Richard Armitage) representing sighing his Lady Rose’s name before falling unconscious again in the BBC’s Robin Hood http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodethirteen/slides/13_135.html
Guy’s Rose Previous Story Links
Ch. 27: https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/guys-rose-ch-27-little-guy-arrives-at-the-palace-13012-gratiana-lovelace-post-118/ Other story links may be found at the above site, below the references. There was some extra ping backing going on–when I listed all of the links the last time–that I hope to avoid here. So I hope that you don’t mind taking an extra click to reach those story link references.