“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 5 (PG-13, D): Misadventure,
February 9, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #700)
[An Original Fan Fiction adaptation of the characters from the BBC’s Robin Hood; & a Sequel to “Sir Guy’s Dilemma” (Book 2) by Gratiana Lovelace]
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[From time to time, I will illustrate my story with my dream cast of: Richard Armitage as Sir Guy of Gisborne, Clive Standen as Lord Archer of Locksley, Emma Watson as Lady Roseanna Gisborne, Tommy Bastow as the young Seth Gisborne, Lucy Griffiths as the spectre of Lady Marian, James McAvoy as Lord George Middleton, Toby Stephens as Prince John, Dakota Fanning as Lady Caroline Havorford, Chris Hemsworth as Sir Roderick Merton, etc.]
Author’s Mature Content Note: “Sir Guy’s Atonement” is a story of romance and intrigue set amidst Medieval times. As such there will be some passages in this story involving heartfelt love scenes (S) and some passages involving highly dramatic moments (D). I will label the maturity rating of those chapters accordingly. Otherwise, the general rating for this story is PG or PG-13 due to some mature situations and topics. If you are unable or unwilling to attend a movie with the ratings that I provide, then please do not read the chapters with those labels. This is my disclaimer.
Author’s Recap from the previous installment: Newly ensconced in the in guest suites this Friday, March 29th 1199 in Gordon Castle, the fortress home of the Earl of Leicester and his family–Lady Roseanna’s cousin Lord John Oxbridge away in the Holy Land and his wife the Lady Rebecca–all should be well for Sir Guy’s upcoming investiture to a Barony to be bestowed upon him by King Richard, via his proxy, the Prince Regent Prince John. Therein lies the problem, Prince John is a proxy who is sly like a fox. And Lord Archer’s servant overhears conversations that lead Lord Archer and Lord George to believe that an attempt will be made on Sir Guy’s life–or that of his family. The three men have only just discussed their plans to thwart danger upon learning that Sir Guy’s 10 year old son Seth Gisborne–beginning to swoon over his Aunt Lady Mary’s blossoming eleven year old sister Lady Caroline as she plays with his sister Lady Helen and her cat Cloud–he later followed the men to the keep tower and overheard them. On the cusp of becoming a young man, the ten year old Seth Gisborne volunteers to be at his father’s side to return to their home the next day to insure that Prince John’s soldiers have not ransacked it looking for the buried Nottingham Treasure. However, it is a plan that will have an unexpected alteration.
“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 5 (PG-13, D): Misadventure
After using the relative isolation and privacy of Gordon Castle’s five story keep tower observation deck [(2) right] this Friday afternoon of March 29th, 1199 to decide upon what they feel is the best course of action to prevent Prince John’s soldiers from finding the Nottingham Treasure secretly buried in the Gisborne-Middleton Manor stables, Sir Guy, Lord George, Lord Archer and Seth hear footsteps approaching the top of the keep’s West stairwell. So the men quickly dash around to the other side of the keep tower and rush down its other set of stairs to avoid possible detection from Prince John’s spies. However the ever curious ten year old Seth Gisborne lingers to see who has walked onto the keep tower’s observation deck.
A tall and imposing blond haired knight reaches the top of the stairwell and strides purposefully across the Gordon Castle keep tower’s observation deck to view the expanse of estate stretching out before his eyes–with none but the birds to attend him. The man’s powerful frame betokens a seasoned knight of great strength, as much as, the strong and unscarred jaw line of his face reflects a handsome man of his now 25 years. Sir Roderick Merton [(3) right] ponders his coming here to Gordon Castle–of all places–at the behest of the Prince Regent, Prince John. Because all know that Prince John’s requests are understood to be commands. Sir Roderick only wavered in coming because it brings him to the childhood love he left behind five years ago–who he was forced to leave behind.
Sir Roderick’s childhood love four years his junior, Lady Becca, was sweetness and loveliness personified in his eyes. But his lady was intended for another, a great and a powerful and a good man–Sir Roderick grudgingly admits–whom she was betrothed to by her parents. And to insure that she would fulfill her duty, Sir Roderick was sent away five years ago by his parents and married off to another lady noble. With her childhood love gone and married, the Lady Becca fulfilled her obligation to her family and married the man to whom she was betrothed five years ago. Though two children were blessings given to her in her marriage, she and her Lord husband barely had time to acquaint themselves with each other before he left to join King Richard in the Holy Land. And there this absent husband remains to this day, more than three years later.
Sir Roderick disdains a husband who could leave his young wife for the uncertainty of the King’s Crusade. Sir Roderick’s Lady Becca would have been cherished by him to the end of his days. She would never have known loneliness, since his absence from her would only be out of the greatest necessity–Sir Roderick not deeming a Crusade that no one wants nor needs, a necessity. And even though he married another whom he did not love, Sir Roderick reflects sadly, he did not leave his wife, but gave her every respect and tenderness due to her as his wife. And naggingly, Sir Roderick wonders if his Lady Becca might still have some feelings for him, maybe even still love him. So Sir Roderick is both eager and wary at the thought of seeing his childhood love Lady Becca again.
Then distractingly, a white cat dashes onto the keep tower observation deck–brushing past Sir Roderick, who turns startled at the intrusion to his reflections. And the cat jumps up onto the parapets–unaware of the danger in being so hasty. Five year old Lady Helen Gisborne [(4) right]–a blond cherub with gold flecked brown eyes favoring her Mama Lady Roseanna’s coloring–follows swiftly behind to try to prevent her cat Cloud from plummeting five stories to its certain death. But Lady Helen is too late as everything happens so fast.
Lady Helen: “Cloud!” Little six year old Lady Helen screams as her cat goes over the keep tower wall’s over fifty foot drop. Then she lunges to try to save her cat and loses her own balance as she falls over the lower parapet wall grasping onto her cat.
Turning at the girl’s scream and seeing a flash of pink skirt, Sir Roderick leaps the ten feet to the parapet wall and grabs hold of the fabric hem of the girl’s gown as she goes over.
Sir Roderick: “Oh my god! Child! Give me your hand.” He is trying to get a better hold of her. She is small and slight, but the voluminous and silky smooth skirt fabric impedes his rescue efforts.
And Lady Helen is hanging over the keep tower wall, tightly holding onto her cat Cloud who is squirming in her arms–which makes Lady Helen squirm
Lady Helen: “Nooo! I will drop Cloud! Eeeeeee! Save us!” She screams in terror. Lady Helen knows that somehow she is not falling, but knows not who her potential savior is.
Seth Gisborne having still been on the keep tower’s parapet, races back to see what the commotion is, only to find Sir Roderick struggling to get a girl back onto the tower. Then to his dread, Seth recognizes the embroidered hem of the lady’s gown.
Seth: “Helen! Helen!” Seth sees the knight trying to save his sister Lady Helen and rushes to the knight’s side. “Sir Knight, she is my little sister Lady Helen! Please save her!”
Sir Roderick: Barking orders to the young man before him, Sir Roderick yells. “Grab hold, boy! We must pull her back before her gown seam tears and she falls.”
For ladies garments are an amalgam of loosely basted sections that, with stress, will pull apart. And Lady Helen has unconsciously retracted her legs closer to her body as she dangles up side down–so the men have nothing more substantial to grab a hold of.
Lady Helen: Sobbing, she cries. “I’m scared! Help me! Help us!” She holds on tightly to her cat Cloud.
Some of the Gordon Castle guests strolling the Earl of Leicester’s estate grounds below lookup in horror to see a girl dangling from the keep tower and point upwards. Lord Archer, Lord George and Sir Guy had made their way out of the castle to discuss the danger from assassination that Sir Guy is in–while not knowing about the danger Lady Helen is in–they look up and see a girl dangling from the castle’s keep tower.
Lord George: “What is going on?” Lord George looks up with dread.
Sir Guy: Sir Guy’s eyes widen in terror [(5) right]. “My God! No! NO! Helen! Helen!” The five story height distance is too great and Lady Helen cannot hear her father calling to her from far down below her.
Everything next happens so quickly as Sir Guy rushes back toward the castle’s keep tower and stands under the dangling figure of his eldest daughter, the six year old Lady Helen. The only thing he can think to do in what he knows are the mere seconds that they have until she falls because her dress will tear, Sir Guy stands with his arms reaching upward, ready to catch her when she falls–or to break her fall with his body.
It is an unworkable plan since with the over fifty foot fall, one or both of them will be killed upon impact–but Sir Guy is too crazed with terror to think logically. And remembering when he dangled the Nottingham girl Mary over the cliff, Sir Guy worries that God’s judgment for his misdeed will be to take his daughter Lady Helen from them. Lord George and Lord Archer move to stand on either side of Sir Guy–also to aid in catching Lady Helen if she falls, when she falls.
Then someone running out from inside the castle brings a large tapestry outside that they had yanked from one of the walls–the men, including Sir Guy, Lord Archer and Lord George grab the perimeter of the tapestry and try to position the large fabric under Lady Helen to try to catch her when she falls. The tapestry is sturdy enough with its intricate weaving, but the fall could still kill Lady Helen when she falls such a great distance–like she was hitting stone. They can only hope that she falls in such a ways as to not land on her head and break her neck, nor to land flat and break her back. Curling into a ball is Lady Helen’s best option for survival–with the men then letting the tapestry swing and give leeway as her body’s momentum hits the tapestry. But they have no method of communicating that to the hapless girl. The seconds passing are torturous for Sir Guy.
Sir Roderick: Speaking to Seth on the keep tower, Sir Roderick worries. “I can’t risk letting go of her skirt to get a tighter hold, in case the slick fabric slips through my hands and she falls. You must talk to her and tell her to straighten her legs so we can grab hold of them and pull her back.”
Seth: Seth nods. “Helen! We need to grab your ankles to pull you back up. Straighten your legs.”
Summoning his father’s chastising demeanor and deep voice when they have done wrong, Seth [(6) right] sharply orders his sister.
Seth: “Lady Helen Rose Gisborne, straighten out your legs at once! Or we will take Cloud away from you forever!” Seth adds for good measure.
That does it. More afraid of losing her beloved cat than her falling, Helen flails her legs straight up and Seth lunges over the parapet to grab her ankle–not being able to see where her ankle is since it is hidden in the fabric of her gown, yet he somehow manages to grab hold of one ankle securely through the fabric. But Seth also loses his balance in lunging over the parapet. Sir Roderick makes a split second decision and loosens the hold of his left hand from the fabric of the girl’s dress and he grabs the back of Seth’s tunic.
Now Sir Roderick is holding onto the fabric garments of the two Gisborne children–he is the only thing keeping them from falling to their deaths. Sir Roderick anchors himself with his right foot pushing against the parapet wall and then gives one huge tug on Seth’s tunic and the girl’s dress. Since Seth has a good hold on Helen’s ankle, Seth being pulled back onto the keep tower parapet ledge brings Helen closer to the keep tower’s ledge. But in the jostling, Lady Helen loosens her grip on her cat Cloud and the cat plummets to the ground–thus lessening Seth and Sir Roderick’s burden by ten pounds.
Seth and Sir Roderick pull once more and roughly swing Lady Helen up over the parapet ledge. Then they all tumble in a heap onto the keep tower observation deck floor in relief. Except, there was a loud popping noise accompanying his last burst of strength and Sir Roderick crumples to the keep tower observation deck’s stone floor wincing in agony from a dislocated left shoulder.
Sir Roderick: “Arrggggggh!”
Seth: “Thank god!” Seth pulls his hysterical sister into his arms.
Sobbing uncontrollably with the dawning realization of what just happened, Lady Helen mourns the loss of her cat as her brother Seth cradles her in his calming embrace.
Lady Helen: “Cloud! Cloud! Seth I didn’t mean to let go! I have killed her! Hmm! Hmm! Hmm!” Lady Helen weeping inconsolably.
Sir Roderick: Seeing the little noble girl before him, he asks in relief. “Are you alright, my little lady? That is my concern. Arrghhh!”
Sir Roderick grimaces in pain from his dislocated shoulder as he breathes quickly and deeply from the strain and the stress of the last few minutes. Nothing in battle training prepares you for what Sir Roderick–with Seth’s aid–accomplished, the daring rescue of Lady Helen. It is only Sir Roderick’s brute strength as a tall and broad man that gave him the ability to act decisively.
Having raced up the keep tower’s five flights of stairs after he saw that his children were safely back onto the top of it, Sir Guy [(7) right] pants rasping breaths and then he holds his pained side from his long ago injury when he steps out onto the top of the keep tower observation deck.
Sir Guy: “Helen! Seth!” Sir Guy falls onto his knees before them, gathering them into his arms and kissing their foreheads repeatedly. “My children! I thought that you would fall to your deaths!”
Lady Helen: “Oh Papa! I was so scared!” She wails, even more terrified now that her ordeal is over.
Not wanting to be crushed by his Papa’s embrace–like a little boy that he is trying not to be–Seth says stoically.
Seth: “All is well now, Papa.” Then he gestures to Sir Roderick sitting with his back against the stone wall of the keep tower, looking at them in a daze of pain. “We must give thanks to this good knight. He saved Helen and I from falling to our deaths.”
Sir Guy looks up at the unfamiliar knight and nods his thanks.
Sir Guy: “Good sir, you have my undying gratitude for your saving my children from certain death. Anything you ask, I will grant you if it is in my power to do so. I am Sir Guy of Gisborne of Gisborne-Middleton Manor. Pray tell me to whom do we owe our unending thanks?”
Sir Roderick: Recognizing the children’s father’s name as the noble to be honored in two days time with a Barony, Sir Roderick musters what civility he can, given the pain he suffers. “Lord Gisborne. Hhhh! I am Sir Roderick Merton. Hhhh! of Staffordshire. Aggghh! Your humble servant, Sir.” He bows his head. He is still recovering from the shock and strain of efforts. And his injury is severe. “My apologies, but I am in excruciating pain. I think that I must have dislocated my shoulder when I pulled your children back onto the observation deck.” He grimaces.
Sir Guy: Standing up and lifting Helen to her feet as he brushes the dust off of her gown–and Seth also stands–Sir Guy takes charge. “My apologies, Sir Roderick. Of course, we will see that you are attended to by a physician, and then you shall dine with our family at this evening’s feast. Seth, please assist me in helping Sir Roderick to stand.”
Sir Roderick tries to stand, but is in too much pain and returns to a sitting position.
Sir Roderick: “Aggggrh!”
Lady Helen: Feeling very contrite, Lady Helen bends down to look at the big knight before her. “I am so sorry you were injured because of me, Sir Roderick. Thank you for saving me from falling.” Then Lady Helen’s mewling cries become louder as she remembers. “Oh Papa! I killed Cloud! I lost my hold on her. Hmmm! Hmmm!”
Seth: “HHhh! Helen! You can get another cat.” Seth pants with exasperation and strain. “You should not have been so foolish as to lunge over the keep tower wall to try to grab her.” This being said by the brother who not so foolishly lunged over the keep tower’s wall to save his sister from falling.
Lady Helen just sobs louder at her brother’s insensitivity. Whereas Seth feels that he is being very sensitive–his sister meaning more to him than her blasted cat. Seth believes that his dog Prince would be ever so more sensible–and not jump off of a high keep tower.
Sir Guy: Respectfully laying his hand on his son’s shoulder, Sir Guy commands. “Seth, your aiding in saving your sister Helen was very well done. Please fetch the physician to come to the keep tower here to reset Sir Roderick’s shoulder before we try to move him.”
Seth: “Yes Papa.” Seth smiles broadly for his Papa’s praise.
Seth sprints to the stairwell, only to be met by his Uncle Lord Archer–who, oddly, has one arm behind his back. They nod at each other in greeting and Seth continues on his mission for his Papa. Upon returning to the castle moments ago as Guy, Archer, and George rushed in, Lord George had instantly gone to his sister Lady Roseanna to assure her that the children were safe–despite what tales were surely circulating through the castle gossip mill, and that her children Lady Helen and Seth would soon be with her.
Surveying all persons now before him as being on the keep tower and not over the side of the keep Tower, Lord Archer [(8) right] jests teasingly to lighten the mood.
Lord Archer: “My brother Guy! I cannot speak for you, but the alarming events of the past few minutes have made me quite hungry.” Then bringing his hidden arm around to the front of him , he hands his niece her property. “And Helen Dear, here is your cat. Please try to keep it away from tower ledges and open windows in the future.” He holds the fluffy cat out to Lady Helen who snatches her to her embrace. “She has surely lost half of her nine lives with that fall alone” [(9)].
Lady Helen: “Oh Cloud! Cloud! I thought you not to be alive. Pray do not scare me so again.” Now Lady Helen sheds happy tears as she hugs her cat to her and kisses her repeatedly.
Cloud: “Mew. Mew.” The cat Cloud chirps in rather a subdued manner. Having fallen over fifty feet onto the tapestry intended for saving Lady Helen–then bouncing out of it and landing on Prince John’s toady Sir Jasper’s head and knocking him down unexpectedly–has rather taken the stuffing out of her [(10)].
Sir Guy: “Archer, this is Sir Roderick Merton, the good knight who saved my children from falling. We owe him everything. Sir Roderick, this is my brother, Lord Archer of Locksley, and Earl of Huntington.”
Sir Roderick: “My Lord.” Sir Roderick groans in pain as he nods his head at Lord Archer.
Sir Guy: “Archer, Sir Roderick dislocated his shoulder when he strained to pull the children back onto the keep tower. I have sent Seth for the physician to reset it.”
Lord Archer: “Thank you for saving my niece and nephew, Sir Roderick. You have my sympathies about your injury–very painful. I suffered a dislocated shoulder once myself.”
Seth: Rushing onto the keep tower again, Seth’s face looks troubled. “Papa! I could not find the physician. I was told that he had left to attend to an ailing merchant in the village.” For merchants–ailing or well–tend to pay their physician bills in currency rather than in chickens.
Lady Helen clasps her brother’s hand in hers for comfort while her father and uncle tend to Sir Roderick.
Sir Roderick: “Hhhmmm.” Sir Roderick grimaces in intense pain. He does not know how much longer he can stand it.
Lord Archer: “Ah! We should not wait to reset your shoulder, Sir Roderick. I have reset two dislocated shoulders among my soldiers in the past month alone. Will you allow me to assist you by resetting your shoulder?”
Sir Roderick: “If you can stop the pain, do it.” Sir Roderick for all of his knightly virtues is, at this moment, a man in agonizing physical pain.
Lord Archer and Sir Guy take a few minutes to untie and remove Sir Roderick’s cape and armour breast plate–giving them unfettered access to his upper torso and shoulder, but for a thin blousy covering over his chest.
Lord Archer: “Right. Seth, come over here, and kneel in front of Sir Roderick, and then clasp his uninjured right arm to steady him.” Seth does that. Then Lord Archer kneels down at Sir Rodericks’ left side. “Sir Roderick, this won’t be painless, but you will feel much better after.”
Sir Roderick: “Just do it. I don’t care if … Aaaaaa!” Sir Roderick chokes out in pain as Lord Archer catches him off guard and pivots his arm and shoulder back into their proper position. “Hhh! Hhh! Hhh! Hhh!” Sir Roderick pants to calm himself. Then he realizes. “The pain is gone … well, greatly lessened. Thank you My Lord Huntington!”
Lord Archer: “You are most welcome, Sir Roderick. You will want to wear a sling on that arm to immobilize it for a week or two, to let your shoulder rest and heal. And with your very great deed today on my niece Lady Helen and my nephew Seth’s behalf, I suggest that you may address me as their relieved uncle, Lord Archer.”
Sir Guy: “And Sir Roderick, I renew my invitation for you to dine at my family’s table tonight for the feast.” And since Sir Guy is the feast’s honoree as a soon to be Baron, he is inviting Sir Roderick to sit at the head table.
Sir Roderick: “It will be my honor, my Lord Gisborne.” Sir Roderick bows his head and Sir Guy nods head in return. Though not technically a Baron until the investiture ceremony to be held three days hence on April 2nd, Sir Roderick courteously accords Sir Guy his elevated title.
Then everyone removes to the lower level bed chambers to rest and to further calm down–children, adults, and cat. Lady Helen is still quite upset–her experience dangling over the tower wall causing her to lean weepingly into her mother Lady Roseanna’s arms. Little two year old Lady Sarah hovers next to her beloved older sister Lady Helen, patting her arm and stroking her cat Cloud. Cloud is quiet and content to remain on her mistress Lady Helen’s lap. Lady Roseanna naturally fusses over her children, Lady Helen and Seth, soothing her daughter with hugs and kisses and soft words of tenderness. Sir Guy holds his younger four year old son Louis in his arms and rubs his back to calm him–so that the excitement of Lady Helen’s dramatics do not upset him.
And Sir Guy is quick to let Lady Roseanna know the very great role that Seth played in saving his sister Lady Helen. Lady Roseanna briefly detaches herself from her daughter Lady Helen and embraces their son Seth, then kisses his hand reverently in grateful thanks. Seth straightens his shoulders with the praise from his mother and father for his bravery in helping to save his little sister Lady Helen. He can’t wait until Lady Caroline Havorford hears of his deed. Seth thinks hopefully that surely once his deed of bravery is known, that his standing will rise in Lady Caroline’s eyes–such that any suitors her father might wish to send to her will pale in comparison to Crispin Guy, Lord Seth of Gisborne. And at this moment, Seth realizes that he wants to be Lady Caroline’s suitor for her hand in marriage.
And due to her gratefulness for Sir Roderick’s aid in saving her children–and her concern for his healing injury–Lady Roseanna insists that Sir Roderick move from the unsuitable Armory cot that he had been allotted to a real bed that they will set up for him in a corner of their large sitting room between their family’s guest bed chambers in their family guest suite. Lady Helen and Lady Sarah can share a bed in the children’s and servants’ bed chamber adjacent to the sitting room. The sitting room sleeping bed will be a little more private and certainly more comfortable for Sir Roderick’s healing shoulder.
Sir Roderick gratefully accepts the Gisborne’s kind hospitality to stay with them. Sir Roderick finds the Gisborne’s to be not at all what he expected–him having heard only Prince John’s account of Sir Guy by Prince John relating some nefarious doings in Nottingham in Sir Guy’s long ago past. Sir Roderick observes the Gisbornes to be a loving and gracious extended family, albeit a titled family with close royal connections. Sir Roderick believes them to also be noble nobles of admirable character in the short time that he has been in their company. Sir Roderick is much more inclined to form an opinion based upon his own observations and experiences, rather than the gossip of others who might have a hidden bias–no matter how high their rank might be. Such as Sir Roderick now disbelieving the Prince Regent, Prince John’s negative assessment of Sir Guy of Gisborne.
And though much has occurred already this day–exposure of a plot to kill Sir Guy before his investiture to a Barony, threats upon the Gisborne family, concern that the secretly buried Nottingham Treasure will be found in the Gisborne-Middleton Manor’s stables, and the calamity in the keep tower– they still have tonight’s celebratory feast to get through. And Sir Guy of Gisborne, his brother Lord Archer of Locksley, and brother-in-law Lord George Middleton jointly resolve to adequately reward Sir Roderick for his noble deed in rescuing Lady Helen and also saving Seth.
But unbeknownst to the Gisborne-Middleton-Locksley extended family, the Gisborne children’s savior Sir Roderick Merton has a secret. Of their new acquaintance Sir Roderick, they will discover that he possesses a potential connection of a far more intimate and disquieting nature with their extended family, than they could have ever supposed.
To be continued with Chapter 6
“Guy’s Atonement”(Book 3), Ch. 5 References, Feb. 9, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #700)
1) Story Logo for Sir Guy’s Atonement” is a composite of:
a)Sir Guy portrayed by Richard Armitage found at richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodefive/slides/5_086.jpg (crop-hair-manip-hi-res); and
b) The spectre image of Lady Marian is that of Lucy Griffiths who portrayed Lady Marian in the BBC series Robin Hood from2006-2009 and was found at Hamilton Hodell Talent Management at http://www.hamiltonhodell.co.uk/cv/client_lucy-griffiths_id_100044.htm; image found at cdn.thedubs-staging.com/images/hamiltonhodell/600x600FFFFFFf/_uploads/userassets/images/griffithslucynewpic11
2) Close-up of Gordon Castle image’s round Keep Tower representing the Earl of Leicester’s home, is Arundel Castle in England as found at http://www.anglotopia.net/anglophilia/top-16-best-castles-in-england/ ; A castle keep is usually a round stone “fortified tower” structure that can serve as an observation point for a castle ; for more information, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keep
3) Sir Roderick Merton image is Chris Hemsworth in a still from Thor the Dark World (with Anthony Hopkins cropped out) that was found at http://cdn.screenrant.com/wp-content/uploads/Thor-2-The-Dark-World-Official-Photo-Anthony-Hopkins-Chris-Hemsworth.jpg ; for more information, visit http://screenrant.com/thor-2-costumes-photos-gallery/thor-2-the-dark-world-official-photo-anthony-hopkins-chris-hemsworth/
4) Lady Helen Gisborne image (sized and dress made pink) is Head of a Young Girl by Benedetto Luti and was found at http://www.1st-art-gallery.com/Benedetto-Luti/Head-Of-A-Young-Girl-1717.html
5) 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_024.jpg
6)Seth at 10 years image is a manip of:
a) actor Tommy Bastow’s head, the young actor who later portrayed the young Sir Guy in the BBC’s Robinhood, series 3, “Bad Blood” (2009) was found at http://www.listal.com/viewimage/2338634; for more about this actor, visit http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2921012/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1; and
b) A daytime tunic was found at http://pixgood.com/medieval-fashion-men.html
7) Cropped image of Sir Guy (as portrayed by Richard Armitage) in the BBC’s production of Robin Hood series 3, episode 12 (pix 60) was found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodethirteen/slides/13_060.html
8) Image of Lord Archer of Locksley (portrayed by Clive Standen) in the BBC’s Robin Hood, Series 3, is a composite image of Mr. Standen’s head (cropped) found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/episodetwelve/slides/12_093.jpg ; and a Medieval type man’s formal attire found at http://www.medievalcollectables.com/images/Category/medium/158.png
9) For more information about the myth of cats having nine lives, please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat#History_and_mythology
10) “Taking the stuffing” out of someone is akin to shocking them into silence; or more information visit http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/knock-take-the-stuffing-out-of-sb-sth
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