And now the archers shot, each man in turn, and the good folk never saw such archery as was done that day.
Then, by Our Lady, Jock, thou art the fairest archer that e'er mine eyes beheld, and if thou wilt join my service I will clothe thee with a better coat than that thou hast upon thy back; thou shalt eat and drink of the best, and at every Christmastide fourscore marks shall be thy wage.
It is sooth, every word of it," the archer answered.
cried the archer, loosening his jerkin, and eyeing his foeman over with the keen glance of one who is a judge of manhood.
Shalt clip me as best you can then," quoth the archer, moving out into the open space, and keeping a most wary eye upon his opponent.
Big John stood waiting in the centre with a sullen, menacing eye, and his red hair in a bristle, while the archer paced lightly and swiftly to the right and the left with crooked knee and hands advanced.
With a bellow of rage, Hordle John squeezed him limp in his huge arms; and then, picking him up, cast him down upon the floor with a force which might well have splintered a bone or two, had not the archer with the most perfect coolness clung to the other's forearms to break his fall.
Not I," quoth the archer, pulling on his clothes, "I have come well out of the business.
I doubt it not, mon ami," quoth the archer, going back to his tankard.