By this stage of the expedition, William’s forces are much depleted. Without reinforcements his campaign would fail. Realizing his need for more troops it would have been part of his program to secure the ports along the south coast of England. Dover off course was of great strategic importance as it was the closest point of crossing to France. Romney had already been secured and Hythe, 16 miles south west of Dover, would have been another of the ports William needed to secure. Here we see the reinforcements arriving. In the lower border we have the fable of ‘The Lion and the Dolphin’. The moral to this fable is ‘Even if a friend wants to help, he isn't always able to."