Hob Gadling

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We first encounter Hob Gadling (given name Robert) during The Sandman: The Doll's House in the Inn of the White Horse in 1389. Hob declares death to be "a mug's game" he has no intention of playing. Dream and Death are present, and Dream suggests that he and Hob meet at the same tavern in a hundred years' time. We are shown each of the centennial meetings of Dream and Hob Gadling approaching the present day, chronicling the evolution of the relationship between the two, and Gadling's rising and falling fortunes.

It is during one such meeting that Dream contracts with William Shakespeare for two plays.

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