From a tradition that the weapon with which the Norwegian champion was slain, resembled a pear, or, as others say, that the trough or boat in which the soldier floated under the bridge to strike the blow, had such a shape, the country people
usually begin a great market, which is held at Stamford, with an entertainment called the Pear-pie feast, which after all may be a corruption of the Spear-pie feast.
The peddler with his pack traversed the country by all manner of lonely roads, and was compelled to rely upon the country people
He assured us that they were good for one--better than medicine; in his country people
lived on them at this time of year.
He keeps no company with anybody, and seldom walks out but by night, for he doth not care to be seen; and all the country people
are as much afraid of meeting him; for his dress is enough to frighten those who are not used to it.
It is wonderful how soon he transformed this rough mob of country people
into the semblance of a regular army.
Why, my poor country people
in their bit cobles pass from island to island in all weathers, ay, and by night too, for the matter of that.
All the country people
were standing round the King's throne, and were crowded together in thick masses almost out of the windows to see the Princess receive the suitors; and as each one came into the room all his fine phrases went out like a candle!
True, I replied, I had forgotten; of course they must have a relish-salt, and olives, and cheese, and they will boil roots and herbs such as country people
prepare; for a dessert we shall give them figs, and peas, and beans; and they will roast myrtle-berries and acorns at the fire, drinking in moderation.
Either through thrift, or through sheer poverty, the country people
starve themselves; any illness among them is caused in this way, and as a rule they enjoy very fair health.
As illustrating the peculiar mental processes of the country people
, I remember that I asked one coloured man, who was about sixty years old, to tell me something of his history.
By his own account he must have lived his life among some of the wickedest men that God ever allowed upon the sea, and the language in which he told these stories shocked our plain country people
almost as much as the crimes that he described.
None of the country people
round here, your own people, believe anything evil about you.