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forest

an area of woodland, historically, one owned by the sovereign and set apart as a hunting ground with its own laws and officers.
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'Twas the man who had usurped his father's place as Head Forester, and who had roughly turned his mother out in the snow.
"It shall be as you say," retorted the Forester angrily, "your head for your sauciness that you hit not my target."
Now the forester had an old cook, who one evening took two pails and began to fetch water, and did not go once only, but many times, out to the spring.
Early next morning the forester got up and went out hunting, and when he was gone the children were still in bed.
Now the Sheriff of Nottingham swore that he himself would bring this knave Robin Hood to justice, and for two reasons: first, because he wanted the two hundred pounds, and next, because the forester that Robin Hood had killed was of kin to him.
As thus he walked along with a brisk step and a merry whistle, he came suddenly upon some foresters seated beneath a great oak tree.
Two of the company, who were dressed in the weather-stained green doublet of foresters, lifted the big pot off the fire, and a third, with a huge pewter ladle, served out a portion of steaming collops to each guest.
He is here to-night for herbergage, as are the others except the foresters. His neighbor is a tooth-drawer.
``I am,'' said the forester, ``a nameless man; but I am the friend of my country, and of my country's friends With this account of me you must for the present remain satisfied, the more especially since you yourself desire to continue unknown.
"Marry, NO man SAW the killing, but this Unknown saw this hardy wretch near to the spot where the stag lay, and came with right loyal zeal and betrayed him to the forester."
When we started again, some of the boldest spirits on board, made bold to say to the obvious occasion of this improvement in our prospects, 'Much obliged to you, sir;' whereunto the brown forester
The whole party was soon reunited, and another consultation was held between the scout and his new comrades, during which, they, whose fates depended on the faith and ingenuity of these unknown foresters, had a little leisure to observe their situation more minutely.