(Jeffrey tries to stop Will, Luke, Benedict and Allan from hanging by posing as a clergyman)
Jeffrey: On behalf of Anthony, our bishop, I claim benefit of clergy for these men. They cannot hang.
Sheriff of Nottingham: These are not holy men; these men cannot plead the cloth. Get on with it.
Jeffrey: I came last night to administer their Last Rites
Sheriff of Nottingham: So?
Jeffrey: And each one came to God through me, repenting their sins and asking to take the cloth. I felt duty-bound to consult the bishop and he, in turn, conferred status of novice onto each man.
Sheriff of Nottingham: Shut up.
Jeffrey: (reading from a parchment) 'I, Anthony, Very Reverend vicar apostolic, hereby confer…'
Sheriff of Nottingham: SHUT UP! Is this possible?
Cleric: They could not have become novices overnight.
Jeffrey: They are become postulants! Novice novices, if you like. And so are under protection of the church.
Sheriff of Nottingham: 'Novice novices'? How novel. Well, hang them (points to the scaffold) and arrest him (points to Jeffrey).