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These are emotional chapters in which Cedric is shown to be very frustrated. He is concerned that his son has been wounded, but is too proud to reveal his feelings to the disinherited young man. He is relieved, however, to learn that Ivanhoe is being cared for. He is also angry that his own servant, Gurth, has been helping Ivanhoe and has him punished. On the way to Price John’s, he displays his frustration when he hurls his javelin at a howling dog. His frustration is intensified when Rowena, a strong willed young woman, refuses to attend the banquet.
Cedric’s greatest desire is still to place a Saxon on the English throne,
but he begins to question his choice of Athelstane. He realizes that Athelstane,
accurately nicknamed “the Unready”, is lazy, indecisive, and only interested
in an easy life. When Cedric suggests that Athelstane marry Rowena, the
apathetic man makes no response, which further frustrates Cedric.
As they make their way through the woods, Cedric and his party come upon Isaac and Rebecca accompanying a sick man. Rebecca is crying out loudly for help. Their bodyguard has deserted them in sheer fear of the outlaws who are known to inhabit the woods. Rebecca begs Rowena to help the sick man. The entire party is then attacked by De Bracy and his men, impersonating outlaws. They kidnap the group and take them to Front-de-Bouef at Torquilstone Castle, which once belonged to Ivanhoe until John gave it away. Except for Wamba, who escapes, they are all taken prisoners.
Wamba meets Gurth, and they go to find Locksley (Robin Hood). Gurth,
Wamba, Locksley, and his men meet up with the disguised King Richard and
Friar Tuck. All of them proceed to Torquilstone Castle to aid the prisoners.
These chapters bring together all of the major characters and conflicts of the novel in dramatic and humorous ways. Cedric’s party encounters Isaac and Rebecca, who are transporting a sick man; Cedric does not realize it is Ivanhoe. As Rebecca begs for help, the entire party is attacked and taken prisoner by De Bracy and his men. Wamba, a servant, manages to escape and go for help. He finds Gurth, and together they enlist the help of Locksley and his band of men. This motley crew joins together with King Richard and Friar Tuck in an extremely comical scene of comradeship. Locksley and Friar Tuck are motivated by a desire to help the prisoners and to put an end to the Normans masquerading as outlaws.
The Norman “bad guys” also come together in these chapters. De Bracy’s purpose
in capturing Cedric’s party is to persuade Rowena to marry him. He takes
her to Torquilstone Castle, which John has stolen from Ivanhoe and given
to Front-de-Bouef. In the castle, De Bracy is so aware of the lack of
honor among the Norman knights that he feels threatened by Bois-Guilbert,
the Knight Templar, and is afraid of him being anywhere near Rowena. The
Knight Templar claims that his vow of chastity is enough to keep him from
Rowena, but de Bracy is smart enough to know that the Knight Templar’s
vows mean nothing at all.
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