Everybody was bowing to them--cabmen, little children, and everybody else--and they were returning all the bows
and overlooking nobody, when a young lady met them and made a deep courtesy.
As she charged, Kulonga unslung his bow
and fitted an arrow with almost unthinkable quickness.
"Listen to me you suitors, who persist in abusing the hospitality of this house because its owner has been long absent, and without other pretext than that you want to marry me; this, then, being the prize that you are contending for, I will bring out the mighty bow
of Ulysses, and whomsoever of you shall string it most easily and send his arrow through each one of twelve axes, him will I follow and quit this house of my lawful husband, so goodly, and so abounding in wealth.
"Why, your bow
is quite spoiled," said the old poet.
"Now," quoth he, "my bow
and eke mine arrows are as good as shine; and moreover, I go to the shooting match at Nottingham Town, which same has been proclaimed by our good Sheriff of Nottinghamshire; there I will shoot with other stout yeomen, for a prize has been offered of a fine butt of ale."
``Now, Locksley,'' said Prince John to the bold yeoman, with a bitter smile, ``wilt thou try conclusions with Hubert, or wilt thou yield up bow
, baldric, and quiver, to the Provost of the sports?''
Every time he twanged the string of the long bow
against his shoulder and heard the gray goose shaft sing, it told him of happy days that he could not recall.
"Are the horses ready for the general?" he added, with a slight inclination of his head in reply to Balashev's bow
. "Let him have mine, he has a long way to go!"
Scarce had the device broken to the faint breeze ere the bow
of the Thuria dropped at a sharp angle toward the ground.
Yet, as you see, he hath left me, as he hath left many another poor border archer, with no grip for bill or bow
. Yet the king hath given me a living here in the southlands, and please God these two lads of mine will pay off a debt that hath been owing over long.
, set straight his open shirt front, and gave her his arm to conduct her to Anna Arkadyevna.
'I wish you would give them to me,' said the other; 'I am very poor.' Then the man pitied him, and gave him all he had; and the little dwarf said in return, 'As you have such a kind honest heart, I will grant you three wishes--one for every penny; so choose whatever you like.' Then the countryman rejoiced at his good luck, and said, 'I like many things better than money: first, I will have a bow
that will bring down everything I shoot at; secondly, a fiddle that will set everyone dancing that hears me play upon it; and thirdly, I should like that everyone should grant what I ask.' The dwarf said he should have his three wishes; so he gave him the bow
and fiddle, and went his way.