“The Broomfield-Hill” Summary


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A lady has sworn to go to the broomfield-hill for a tryste with a knight and is in a dilemma since she does not want to lose her maidenhead but, on the other hand, does not want to break her promise. A witch who hears her lamenting gives her the solution to her problem. She tells her that she will find the knight asleep and that she should strew broom flowers at his head and feet as a charm so that he will not waken and should put her rings on his fingers as a token that she has been there. The lady does as she has been instructed and, when the knight eventually comes out of his charmed sleep, he finds her gone and blames his horse and hawk for failing to wake him. The knight thinks of pursuing the lady on horseback but she has fled away too fast to be overtaken.