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Part IV.

  1. Read the text and find the answers to the following questions:



When Robin Hood lived in father`s house, he often met a girl. Her name was Marian. She lived with her father not far from Robin`s house. They walked in the forest and sometimes went hunting together. They liked each other very much and one day Robin asked Marian to marry him. But just at that time the Normans came and killed Robin`s father, burnt down his house and took everything he had. Robin did not see Marian for a very long time. He wrote a letter, where he told her about this father and their home. "I shall always love you, " he wrote, "but the life in the forest is not for you, so I shall never see you again, good-bye!"

Marian was very sad when she read Robin`s letter. She cried all day long. At last she decided to go to Sherwood Forest and look for Robin.

It was a long way to Sherwood Forest and Marian was afraid to travel so far alone. She dressed herself like a knight and went off to look for Robin. One day Robin dressed himself as a Norman knight and went to Nottingham. On his way through the forest he met another knight. "What`s your name and where are you going?" They could not see each other`s faces because their heads and faces were covered by their visors. Marian (for it was she) was afraid to answer. "Ah, " said Robin, "you don`t want to answer. Then fight. " Robin was taller and stronger than Marian, but she fought bravely. Marian got a wound in one arm, Robin got a wound in his cheek. Robin felt sorry for the young knight who was fighting so well. "Stop! Stop!" cried he. "You will be one of my men." Robin forgot that he was dressed like a Norman knight and spoke in his language and in his voice. When Marian heard Robin`s voice she dropped her sword and took off the vizor. Her face was pale but she smiled

They were happy to see each other. Robin washed and bandaged Marian`s wound. She did the same for him. All the time they were talking and laughing. She told Robin how unhappy she was, and how she put on a knight`s clothes and came to look for him. "My dearest, " he said when he finished the story, "I do not know how I shall live in the forest when you go away." "But I shall not go away. I am going to stay with you, " she said.

"You must not. This life is not for you. "

"Oh, Robin, do not say that! The sun does not shine and the birds do not sing when I am not with you. Let me stay. " So Robin let her stay. They were married in the forest and the Merry Men made a good dinner and were happy to greet Robin`s wife.

Robin and Marian lived in Sherwood Forest for a long time and were very happy.



  1. Find the transcription of the following words and practise pronouncing them: knight, visor, wound, sword.
  2. Decide whether the following statements are true or false according to the text:

· Robin left his girl because he wanted to take revenge on the Normans first and only then marry.

· Marian was afraid to go to Sherwood Forest alone, so she took a knight with her.

· Robin and Marian didn’t recognize one another because it was dark and their faces were dirty.

· The Merry Men didn’t object to Marian joining them.



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