The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock:|
in the name of peace and charity, to do it out of the chapel."
"Sweet Matilda," said the earl, "did you give your love to
the Earl of Huntingdon, whose lands touch the Ouse and the Trent,
or to Robert Fitz-Ooth, the son of his mother?"
"Neither to the earl nor his earldom," answered Matilda firmly,
"but to Robert Fitz-Ooth and his love."
"That I well knew," said the earl; "and though the ceremony
be incomplete, we are not the less married in the eye
of my only saint, our Lady, who will yet bring us together.
Lord Fitzwater, to your care, for the present, I commit
your daughter.--Nay, sweet Matilda, part we must for a while;