Robin and Marian
Whilst this newspaper happily sends Marian on her way with its best wishes for her future happiness and prosperity in her union with Robin Hood, it will undoubtedly feel the loss of this gifted lady. She is an able, intelligent lady, always courteous and tactful; truth to say, her matchless prose has always equalled her charming looks and good manners. Able to speak Latin and French, she comfortably sits astride a horse, and not least, she is well-practised in drawing a bow.
A stimulating, unconventional lady, she has a taste for poetry and ballads - even able to recite the verses of troubadours in their own language of Provencal. With a sympathetic ear for the less fortunate in our society, she was once described as 'a poet of the luckless and the loser.'
Much admired by her fellow correspondents, she is not without suitors. Generous and gay with an impish sense of humour, she is without fear and has many times ventured alone into the hazardous Sherwood Forest following up a story.
Though often becoming emotionally involved in her stories, she is shrewd and tough when occasion demands it. Of course, anyone working on this newspaper would have to have been blind not to have noticed - readers must also have suspected - how she enthused when writing about Robin Hood and his men. Obviously she has fallen in love with the outlaw leader but she is a very individual young lady and it is difficult to see her giving up her independence.
Robin Hood is a forest outlaw - Marian knows that better than anyone else - but he does have a reputation for helping the poor, displaying courtesy and treating ladies kindly. And he has the King's pardon, which has no doubt given impetus to their betrothal.
So this newspaper, sad though it is to lose a lady of extraordinary promise, wishes her good fortune and every happiness in her marriage. It would be amiss of us not to properly end a good story, and with every confidence that she would not be offended, we publish this poem found lying on her table:
Cloaks and mantles are becoming more fashionable either lined with silk in the summer or fur in the winter.
The lady to the right is wearing an over-gown of dark blue wool embroidered at the front, around the neck and on the sleeves. The half-length sleeves show the tighter sleeves of the undergarment to good effect. The embroidered bottom is left short to show a well-cut under-gown.
The lady feeding the doves is wearing an over-dress of fine bluewool hanging loosely to the hem from a close, round hemline.
Three-quarter length sleeves expose part of the close-fitting sleeves of her under-down. The cloak is a woollen fabric made in an oval shape and drawn together at the base of the throat by a jewelled brooch.
The veil is of woven silk and fastened to her hair at the temples. Her slippers are made of soft brown leather.
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