Can you describe the journey to Leicester in the book called "The Shakespeare Stealer"?

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The journey from Berwick to Leicester begins with Widge following behind the silent and sullen stranger's horse on foot.  They head south, through woods that are "dense and dark and dreadful", until they reach Wakefield, where the young boy hopes they will stop for the night (Chapter 3).  The stranger has other ideas however, and they continue on, on unfamiliar roads, until Widge steps on a sharp stone and hurts his foot.  Seeing that the boy can no longer walk, the stranger brusquely hoists him up behind him on his horse, and eventually they stop at a small inn. 

After a meager meal of bread and cheese, the two set off again in the morning and travel all day and into the second night of their journey.  On a deserted road in the darkness they are beset by bandits, and the stranger, with uncommon skill, overpowers the entire band with rapier and cloak.  Widge is amazed, but the stranger is as taciturn as ever, and after staying again at a small inn for what remains of the night, they set off again on the third day, which is uneventful.  Finally, "as the sun round(s) the corners of the Earth" that evening, Widge and the stranger arrive at Leicester, their apparent destination (Chapter 4).

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