Chapter 11 Summary

Having left the village, Gurth begins his journey back to the knight's lodgings through a dark forest lane. The distant sounds of revelry from Ashby bring to Gurth's mind the large number of attendants, jesters, minstrels, and assorted hucksters—most of whom would be drunk and any of whom might be thieves—who are gathered in the area and might be lying in wait in the forest.

His fears are soon confirmed when four outlaws ambush him and offer to "ease" him" of his burden." Gurth is not willing to give up his and his master's money so easily, but he expresses a wish that he had a weapon to defend himself with. Rather than take his purse, the outlaws drag him along to a clearing deeper in the forest, where they are...

(The entire section is 540 words.)