Robin Hood has left Maid Marian, Friar Tuck, Little John, and all his merry men to hunt the deer and make ready the feast.
So some make ready the bower, the tables and the seats, while Maid Marian, Little John and others set out to hunt.
Mother Maudlin was a retched old witch, and Scathlock says he is yet more sure that the raven was she, because in her own form he has just seen her broiling the raven's bone by the fire, sitting "In the chimley-nuik within." While the talk went on Maid Marian had gone away.
But Maid Marian only scolds the more, and at last goes away leaving the others in sad bewilderment.
Meanwhile the real Maid Marian discovers that the venison has been sent away to Mother Maudlin's.
When Mother Maudlin comes to thank Maid Marian for her present, she is told that no such present was ever intended, and so she in anger curses the cook, casting spells upon him:
'Twas Maid Marian! She had come up for a visit from the Queen's court at London town, and now sat demurely by her father the Earl of Huntingdon.
From them his eye wandered toward Maid Marian's booth.
He took the arrow and strode to the next box where sat Maid Marian.
And he accepted that name because Maid Marian had said it.
Sweet was the greenwood as he walked along its paths, and bright the green and rustling leaves, amid which the little birds sang with might and main: and blithely Robin whistled as he trudged along, thinking of Maid Marian
and her bright eyes, for at such times a youth's thoughts are wont to turn pleasantly upon the lass that he loves the best.