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 (tĕl), William fl. early 14th cent.?
Swiss patriot who, according to legend, sparked a rebellion against Habsburg rule after he was forced to shoot an apple off his son's head with a crossbow.
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After four years together, and with their relationship under scrutiny, Charles was right to tell William to marry Kate or split up.
Real cowboys, at least the normal ones, might tell Williams and his cohort they don't believe romantic love involves a "brief, violent, loveless episode .