You know your master never deals with those southern traders, and never means to sell
any of his servants, as long as they behave well.
Bad old man," he exclaimed, "rather than sell
my slave to you I would give her to a Jew.
Now when the folk found what a simple butcher he was, they crowded around his cart; for he really did sell three times as much for one penny as was sold by the other butchers.
Then the butchers saw that they must meet craft with craft; and they said to him, "Come, brother butcher, if you would sell meat with us, you must e'en join our guild and stand by the rules of our trade.
He sold more meat for one penny than we could sell for three; and he gave extra weight to whatsoever lass would buss him.
But I know not the trade, and would gladly sell the whole herd, an I could find a buyer.
A man with a name like Grusczinsky could sell a dozen editions by himself.
I'll give him anything if he'll only sell an edition or two,' said Annette.
At four marks do I value meat, cart, and mare," quoth the Butcher, "but if I do not sell all my meat I will not have four marks in value.
Now, I would fain be a butcher for the day and sell my meat in Nottingham Town.
Three pennyworths of meat I sell to a fat friar or priest for sixpence, for I want not their custom; stout aldermen I charge threepence, for it doth not matter to me whether they buy or not; to buxom dames I sell three pennyworths of meat for one penny for I like their custom well; but to the bonny lass that hath a liking for a good tight butcher I charge nought but one fair kiss, for I like her custom the best of all.
And there is another class of servants, who are intellectually hardly on the level of companionship; still they have plenty of bodily strength for labour, which accordingly they sell
, and are called, if I do not mistake, hirelings, hire being the name which is given to the price of their labour.