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A Sherwood forest story.

Robin Hood trumpet

Forget any preconceived ideas you may about the characters in this Sherwood forest tale - this is a different sort of story from all the others.

The sheriff of Nottingham captured Little John and Robin Hood and imprisoned them in his maximum security dungeon. Maid Marion begged the Sheriff for their release, pleading her love for Robin. The Sheriff agreed to release them only if Maid Marion spent the night with him.

To this she agreed.

The next morning the Sheriff released his prisoners. Robin asked that Marion tell him how she persuaded the Sheriff to let them go free.

Marion told the truth, and was bewildered when Robin said that he never wanted to see her again.

At this Little John defended her, inviting her to leave Sherwood with him and promising life-long devotion. She accepted and they rode away together.

Now in terms of realistic every-day standards of behavior, place Robin, Marion, Little John and the Sheriff in the order in which you consider they showed the most morality and honesty (from most moral to least moral).

There is no "right" answer. What follows is an analysis based on which of the 24 possible arrangements you chose.

Your task is to rank these five people, according to how much you sympathize with their characters or identify with their actions.


Analysis

Little John, Maid Marion, Robin Hood, The Sheriff

You are fairly broadminded, romantic and reasonably contented. You value kindness greatly and try to live by your ideals. You do not conceal from yourself, or from others, your strong need for security, which may be either emotional or material.

Men Perhaps you tend to idealize women and credit them with virtues they don't possess.

Women Your experiences of men have not all been happy, perhaps because you hope for a little too much?

This combination represents 15% of total, 15% of men and 16% of women.


Little John, Maid Marion, The Sheriff, Robin Hood

You are the slightly romantic realist. You respect truth, and are broadminded and flexible. Whether you are a man or a woman you are probably a happy person. You like people and they can readily make friends with you. You are not very adventurous, but this does not bother you.

This combination represents 10% of total, 9% of men and 10% of women.


Little John, Robin Hood, Maid Marion, The Sheriff

You are a cautious type, neutral, and rather insecure. You would agree with the idea that everybody has his price - and in your own case it would not be high.

Men You are sexually inhibited with an underlying distrust of women.

Women At least one man has made you unhappy, and you are now on your guard.

This combination represents 6% of total, 6% of men and 5% of women.


Little John, Robin Hood, The Sheriff, Maid Marion

You are not easy to assess. Basically you are ruled by an inferiority complex and feelings of insecurity. How do you present yourself to the world? An idealist, a moralist, a conformist keeping up with the Joneses?

Men Your conflicting views on sex and morality may lead to every sort of sexual problem. You have always feared women, probably starting with your mother.

Women It is a shame you have not accepted the ideal of woman as the equal (and sometimes stronger) partner of man.

This combination represents 2% of total, 2% of men and 2% of women


Little John, The Sheriff, Maid Marion, Robin Hood

You too, believe that morality is another word for commonsense and suitability, and not something which is universally valid or a religious truth. Your feeling for security is strong, and you would rate reliability as one of your virtues.

Men Your estimate of women as the inferior sex suggests that you are a little uncertain of them.

Women You are more permissive about the morals of others than you are about your own.

This combination represents 3% of total, 2% of men and 3% of women


Little John, The Sheriff, Robin Hood, Maid Marion

You are conventional, unimaginative, and something of a prude. It would be surprising if your love life was a roaring success.

Men You have an old-world authoritarian attitude. One thing is sure: you have some sorry illusions about women.

Women You accept a double standard of morality in which women are very much the "second sex."

This combination represents 1% of total, 1% of men and 1% of women


Maid Marion, Little John, Robin Hood, The Sheriff

We would expect you to be a happy, well-balanced person who likes people and is liked by others. You question whether many conventional views on morality are valid under all circumstances.

Men Do we detect a sense of chivalry and idealism under the sophistication?

Women You will expect high standards from the men to whom you give your love.

This combination represents 13% of total, 13% of men and 12% of women


Maid Marion, Little John, The Sheriff, Robin Hood

You are essentially a contented person, even if you consider yourself a little superior. You are moral by your own standards, for you believe that morality is what best suits the occasion.

Men You are sexually uninhibited, more romantic than you may appear, and more dependent on the approval of others than you care to admit.

Women You like being a woman, you understand what love is, and frankly enjoy sex.

This combination represents 10% of total, 9% of men and 11% of women


Maid Marion, Robin Hood, Little John, The Sheriff

If you are not happy it maybe because you feel guilty about your own emotions, and lack confidence in your opinions.

Men No doubt you consider yourself a moral man, and a fair one. Your fuzzy ideas about morality may make their mark on your sex life.

Women You are too concerned about what others think.

This combination represents 4% of total, 4% of men and 4% of women


Maid Marion, Robin Hood, The Sheriff, Little John

You know the so-called facts of life, but not to enjoy life itself. You are not a realist and you are inclined to be stubborn.

Men Women, you think, are either good or bad, and you overestimate the differences between the sexes. A woman may find you difficult to live with.

Women You are not sure whether truth and morality go hand in hand or are in opposition. You don't hold a very high opinion of men.

This combination represents 1% of total, 2% of men and 1% of women


Maid Marion, The Sheriff, Little John, Robin Hood

Such an emphatic rejection of ready-made values is probably partly camouflage. You hate to be thought weak or insecure. You value honesty, and abhor hypocrisy.

Men Women are very much part of you life, and you are - or perhaps would like to be - quite ruthless, both with women and life in general.

Women You are tolerant about men and their failings - but we mean men, for you have no time for boys on men's errands.

This combination represents 3% of total, 3% of men and 3% of women


Maid Marion, The Sheriff, Robin Hood, Little John

You associate morality with honesty and truth more than with religious values. You are impulsive and somewhat unpredictable.

Men We suspect that you are a would-be lover rather than a very successful one.

Women You are a realist and a rebel, a defender of women's rights. You like men but despise weak ones.

This combination represents 2% of total, 1% of men and 2% of women


Robin Hood, Little John, Maid Marion, The Sheriff

You are a moralist with conventional ideas, which some people would call old-fashioned.

Men You probably consider yourself a fair-minded man in a world which falls badly below your standards. Your inhibitions and sense of guilt are in the way of your happiness.

Women Unlucky in love? Perhaps you hope for too much in a man. Be a realist, not a romantic.

This combination represents 5% of total, 5% of men and 5% of women.


Robin Hood, Little John, The Sheriff, Maid Marion

You are conventional and puritanical.

Men You moralize and see women as a great conspiracy against man, with sex as their principal weapon. You are missing a great deal in life.

Women Your parents probably played a big part in the formation of such a guilt complex as yours. Your mind is in chains and it's time you did something to free it.

This combination represents 2% of total, 2% of men and 3% of women


Robin Hood, Maid Marion, Little John, The Sheriff

Your philosophy of life is a sad hotchpotch of the conventions of society, your own convictions and romanticism. You are not unkind, only staid and unimaginative.

Men You see women as weak but desirable.

Women You resent the arrogance of men.

This combination represents 4% of total, 4% of men and 3% of women


Robin Hood, Maid Marion, The Sheriff, Little John

You find it hard to accept the permissive attitudes of others, or to convince them of the validity of your own standards. You are not disposed to trust people.

Men To you "love" involves sex and duty, rather than charity and forgiveness.

Women You blame men for the problems in your life.

This combination represents 2% of total, 2% of men and 1% of women


Robin Hood, The Sheriff, Little John, Maid Marion

You have a very chauvinistic and outdated outlook on life. Your values and principles are defined not by clarity of conscience but by popular beliefs.

Men You see women as objects and possessions. You demand complete loyalty and devotion without offering it in return.

Women You see yourself as having only one purpose in life - to satisfy your man. You lack self definition as you derive all of who you are from him.

This combination represents 3% of total, 3% of men and 3% of women


Robin Hood, The Sheriff, Maid Marion, Little John

Men As a ruthless authoritarian you are as moral as it suits you and no more. You do not apply the same rules to men as you do to women.

Women How worthless you seem to think women are.

This combination represents 2% of total, 2% of men and 2% of women


The Sheriff, Little John, Maid Marion, Robin Hood

You have a confused, immature sense of values. You are erratic and stubborn, and inclined to get angry or sulk when you don't get your own way, but at least you are not a moral hypocrite.

Men "Love 'em and leave 'em" is the motto of a man who is basically afraid of women.

Women Perhaps you would rather be a man than a woman?

This combination represents 2% of total, 2% of men and 2% of women


The Sheriff, Little John, Robin Hood, Maid Marion

Not a moralizing pattern, but..

Men You share with many other men the idea that most women are fickle and inferior to men. Perhaps a view that you got from your father, or as a reaction to a domineering mother.

Women You have a pretty poor opinion of yourself, haven't you?

This combination represents 1% of total, 1% of men and 1% of women


The Sheriff, Maid Marion, Little John, Robin Hood

You claim to be a realist or even a cynic, but you are more emotional, romantic, and truthful.

Men Although you are by no means inhibited, your amorous adventures are as much a matter of fantasy as fact.

Women You have been hurt in the past by men, or one man in particular, and will probably let it happen again.

This combination represents 3% of total, 3% of men and 3% of women


The Sheriff, Maid Marion, Robin Hood, Little John

If you are not living a happy life, the cause is within yourself. You are a rebel with a trace of spoilt child about you. You value truth above morality, but you are reasonably tolerant of those who disagree with you.

Men Any problems you have are not likely to be centered in sex.

Women Despite your experience and intelligence, you are a bad judge of men.

This combination represents 2% of total, 2% of men and 3% of women


The Sheriff, Robin Hood, Little John, Maid Marion

Although you make a brave show of being self-sufficient, beneath this you are unhappy and rather mixed up.

Men You don't understand women - probably you are afraid of them. You do not know what love is, and you are more likely to boast about your conquests in a bar than prove them in a bedroom.

Women If men attract you at all, they probably are the wrong sort.

This combination represents 2% of total, 3% of men and 2% of women


The Sheriff, Robin Hood, Maid Marion, Little John

Men The warmth and give-and-take of love are not for you. Your sex life is ringed with unreality, and you neither understand nor appreciate women.

Women If you really believe this is the right order, you baffle us completely.

This combination represents 3% of total, 3% of men and 2% of women


How accurate were your results? Join in the discussion below.


Katie

28-02-2017, 23:44

+4 -4  

Robin Hood - value commitment and honesty, holds people accountable for their actions
Little John - weak morals, poor self-worth, genuinely nice
Maid Marion - untrustworthy, thinks the ends justify the means. At least her intentions were good?
Sheriff - just all-around nasty.


Samantha

28-02-2017, 23:44

+4 -2  

Marion- Helped them, sacrificed herself, was truthful
Little John- Did not judge her, comforted her, understood what she had to do
Sheriff- He was digusting but he did keep his promise.
Robin Hood- He abandoned her, the jerk. She did it for him and he left her anyways


Kittie

28-02-2017, 23:24

+4 -2  

Marion-Took action, sacrificed for love and no qualms in being honest
John-Recognized Marion's righteousness and behaved accordingly
Sheriff-Proposed a self-serving bargain but stuck to it
Robin-Contributed nothing, sacrificed nothing, yet made an arbitrary, irrational judgment based on...nothing


Celine

28-02-2017, 23:24

+2 -4  

Marion- if she loved Robin why would she sleep with another man? She could have come up with a lie and not hurt Robin deeply...And why did she ride away with Little John?!


April

28-02-2017, 16:19

+1 -4  

They are all messed up:
Robin-abandoned Marion.
Marion-obviously has some self esteem issues. Says she loves one man, sleeps with another to save him, then runs away with the first man's best friend
Sheriff-slimeball, but kept his word
Little John-took advantage of Marion and betrayed Robin


Somebody

28-02-2017, 16:19

+2 -3  

Something that nobody even noticed and questioned is why Little John and Robin Hood were captured.
A crime act from their side is a determining factor on our decision for their morality.


Korie

28-02-2017, 16:14

+2 -1  

This is pretty accurate...i was torn between two choices, and the combination of the two held what i would consider to be my personality.


john

28-02-2017, 15:24

+3 -3  

robin hood- he was right
the sheriff- was kind enough to let them go
merion- she slept with the sheriff, then ran off with little john...
little john- betray his friend...


annabelle

28-02-2017, 15:24

+2 -5  

the sheriff
robin hood
little john
maid marion


Carys

28-02-2017, 14:44

+3 -3  

Marion- did wat she could to free Robin, repaid badly, but shouldnt have run off with Little John
Robin Hood- deeply upset by what has happened and a little confused
Little John- probably only stuck up for maid marion so he could have his wicked way with her
The Sheriff- manipulative The worst.


Seth Wagoner

28-02-2017, 14:44

+3 -3  

Marion: Honest and pragmatic, two excellent qualities.
Robin: Innocent, reflexive, stupid, naive, but....
Little John: Really should have given Robin time to come to his senses.
The Sheriff: Was corrupt and slimy, as tradition calls for.


Kayla

28-02-2017, 14:19

+5 -3  

Marion- did what was necessary to save her love, and it doesn't say she slept with him she could of just been in his house ;)
Robin- he had a right to be upset, 2 a degree
Little John- for stabbing his friend in the back to get the girl
The Sheriff- just because i don't like authority


Shar

28-02-2017, 14:19

+4 -3  

Maid Marion
Little John
Sheriff
Robin


Matilda

28-02-2017, 13:45

+1 -3  

1. Robin
2. Little John
3. Sheriff
4. Maid Marion


Erin

28-02-2017, 13:14

+3 -2  

Robin Hood- Got totally cheated on!!!
Maid Marion- Was only trying to help Robin, but should have thought about how he would react!!!
The Sheriff- Even though that's gross, he still let them go when he said he would.
Little John- Ran off with bestie's girl/exgirl. Jerk.


argyris

28-02-2017, 13:14

+4 -2  

It shows interesting sights of our and friends'personality.It reveals that mostly women express more conservative view in life than their real behaviour is and that mostly men express more modern-free view in life than their real behaviour is


Alex

28-02-2017, 13:14

+3 -2  

Marion-Sacrificed herself to save Robin. That's very noble to me.
Little John-Offered Marion love after she was rejected by Robin.
Robin-Marion only slept with that guy in order to save Robin, why he abandoned her is beyond me.
The Sheriff-Obviously the worst of them all.


Qzie

28-02-2017, 13:14

+3 -1  

I like that last comment. 'Women: If you really believe this is the right order, you baffle us completely.' :D


Melissa

28-02-2017, 13:09

+3 -2  

Marion- Next to laying down one's life, gave highest sacrifice a woman can.
Little John- Recognized M's sacrifice and stood up for her.
Sheriff- Abused authority, but openly so.
Robin- 'Abused' Marion for what was essentially a rape on his behalf (by today's legal standards), undeserving.


Ainsley

28-02-2017, 13:04

+3 -2  

Little John- Stood up for Marion
Maid Marion- Told Robin hood the truth even if it will hurt her.
The Sheriff- At least kept his word.
Robin Hood- Could at least had been grateful!


Meliora

28-02-2017, 12:54

+2 -2  

MM - Sacrificed bodily integrity for the man she loved; was honest about it
LJ - Defended MM/pledged his devotion to her
Sheriff - Manipulative/low, but at least he was honest and kept his part of the deal
RH - All he did was abandon the woman who sacrificed herself for him


anna

28-02-2017, 12:52

+5 -2  

SHERIFF: Kept his promise, with something in return. Fair game. Honest.
ROBIN: Has a very strong ethical code, but stands by his values.
MARION: Not a moral action, but motivated by love (dignity should have come first.)
JOHN: The perfect opportunity to get into Marion's pants!


John

28-02-2017, 12:52

+2 -2  

MM: Once he rejected her she had no reason not to accept LJ.
LJ: Well, really, if he loved MM, after the jerk Robin was he really had no reason not to.
Sheriff: A sleaze, but he did keep his word.
Robin: Unforgiveness and rejection as a reward for her self-sacrifice is not ok.


ebeth

28-02-2017, 12:12

+2 -2  

Little John
Maid Marion
Robin Hood
Sheriff


Jessie

27-02-2017, 11:21

+3 -2  

I thought lowly of all of them.
Robin: judgmental, high morality.
Sheriff: no morals. Kept his word, didn't force Marion.
Little John: sleazy opportunist.
Marion: idiot. one word. (it's Robin Hood. He probably would have broken out eventually)


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