The Harvester (UN-D-0329)
Hobbs informed Osric that his proposal had been successful, furthermore owing to the bailiff's financial plight he had also arranged that Osric be paid in advance in return for the full use of his farms and labourers over the next year.

As the payment offered was more than the bailiff could ever hope to make from the harvest and anxious to raise funds for the Kings dwindling forces, Osric readily agreed and signed Hobbs' contract that allowed the new landowner to take his fill of the harvest.

For the next year, Osric's labourers worked hard to fulfil the conditions of the contract. To the bailiffs delight the crop was coming along well, and for the first time in living memory, he was secure in the knowledge that whatever the outcome, debts were paid and the finance for the coming year was guaranteed.