You brought it upon yourself, John Tranter," said the tall squire, who had been addressed as Roger Harcomb.
Nay; Tranter first laid hand upon his head," said Harcomb.
My name is known in these parts," said Tranter, proudly, "I can let pass what might leave a stain upon another.
cried Tranter shortly, and the whole assembly flocked out into the open air, save only those whom the special orders of their masters held to their posts.
In such combats, as well as in the more formal sports of the tilting-yard, Tranter had won a name for strength and dexterity which had caused Norbury to utter his well-meant warning.
Quick as a panther, Alleyne sprang in with a thrust, but Tranter, who was as active as he was strong, had already recovered himself and turned it aside with a movement of his heavy blade.
For my part, I have no wish to slay this young man," said Tranter, wiping his heated brow.
With a clatter and dash the two blades met once more, Alleyne pressing in so as to keep within the full sweep of the heavy blade, while Tranter as continually sprang back to have space for one of his fatal cuts.
Back and back gave Tranter, ever seeking time for a last cut.
It was not until Tranter, giving back before the other's fiery rush, was upon the very brink, that a general cry warned him of his danger.