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Richard Carpenter has often compared Gisburne and the Sheriff to Laurel and Hardy,
describing this bizarre duo as a Medieval comedy team. With Gisburne as his hapless
straight man, the Sheriff has produced some memorable and HUMOUROUS lines!
~ The Witch of Elsdon ~
SHERIFF: What a paragon of virtue you are, Gisburne.
I'm really most impressed. If she'd tried
to bewitch me, I think I'd have been
inclined to let her. I'll have to be
careful in the future.
GISBURNE: Careful, my lord?
SHERIFF: Of you, Gisburne. Especially when you
don't get what you want.
GISBURNE: I don't understand. The woman is a witch.
SHERIFF: Yes, of course she is. And a very pretty
SHERIFF: What a worrier you are, Gisburne! You
must learn patience if you're ever to
take service with me. And tact --
you're very short on tact.
GISBURNE: I believe in action, my lord.
SHERIFF: Ah yes, action: the eternal excuse for
not stopping to think.
~ Seven Poor Knights From Acre ~
GISBURNE: My lord, I must protest-
SHERIFF: Really, Gisburne? I'd rather you
~ Alan a Dale ~
SHERIFF: Baron de Bracy's son-in-law! Why in
Heaven's name did I agree to be united
in the unholy bonds of matrimony with
a pansy-faced sixteen-year-old virgin?
Is it worth the money, Gisburne? Is
it possibly worth a thousand marks?
Why don't you answer?
GISBURNE: I assumed the question was rhetorical,
SHERIFF: Never assume anything, Gisburne, except
an occasional air of intelligence.
GISBURNE: And when will the ceremony take place,
SHERIFF: When I'm drunk enough to go through
SHERIFF: Gisburne, stop playing around in the mud
and come up here! You look like decaying
dung! Keep down wind of me for the love
of Christ! Where is the baron? And
where are your men?
GISBURNE: The baron was wounded in a tournament,
my lord. He's taken to his bed.
SHERIFF: And your men, Gisburne? Have they
taken to their beds as well?
~ The Children of Israel ~
GISBURNE: My lord -- I thought! I thought...!
SHERIFF: You thought, did you, Gisburne? What a
pity I wasn't here! When did you have
this thought of yours? While I was in
London, or more recently? Surely such
an earth-shattering event would linger
in the memory.
GISBURNE: But my lord--!
SHERIFF: But! Yes, you're the butt of everyone
in Nottingham, aren't you?
GISBURNE: You insult me!
SHERIFF: I do. And will continue to do so as
long as you give me cause.
~ The Enchantment ~
SHERIFF: Where are they? And where's Ralph?
GISBURNE: He's dead, my lord. He fell.
SHERIFF: Fell? How careless! Where are the
GISBURNE: I don't know how to tell you this, my
SHERIFF: I'm sure you'll find a way. You
usually do. They weren't there were
they? A wild goose chase and a dead
GISBURNE: They were there, my lord. The jewels
SHERIFF: Then where are they now?
GISBURNE: The Baron has them. The Baron de
SHERIFF: He's dead!
GISBURNE: I KNOW!
~ Herne's Son, Part I ~
GISBURNE: I'll track them down. However long
it takes. And the man who rescued
SHERIFF: Of course you will, Gisburne. I've
enormous faith in your abilities.
~ Herne's Son, Part II ~
GISBURNE: This morning I remembered where I had
seen the animal before. I never
forget a horse.
SHERIFF: I'm sure you don't.
~ Adam Bell ~
SHERIFF: What are you snickering about, Gisburne?
Are you laughing at me?
GISBURNE: No, my lord but I thought....
SHERIFF: Thatīs the trouble, Gisburne. You
SHERIFF: One hundred gold marks exactly.
GISBURNE: I did count it, my lord.
SHERIFF: I know, Gisburne, but one can never be
GISBURNE: My lord, are you questioning my --
SHERIFF: Your honour? No, no, no, no, just your
ability to count.
I took the Gisburne photo and at least a few of these quotes
from the Robin of Sherwood . For more classic ROS quotes
pay a visit to this page! The Sheriff picture was shamelessly
stolen from the Robin of Sherwood section at Wendy's Shack.