camarades, there is no drop of French blood in my body, and I am a true English bowman, Samkin Aylward by name; and I tell you, mes amis, that it warms my very heart-roots to set my feet on the dear old land once more.
"Not I, most worthy sir," cried the carrier, shrinking away from the fierce eyes of the bowman.
"I trust that I am a better bowman than a minstrel," said he.
then, I have found a man at last!" shouted the bowman. "And, 'fore God, you are a better man than I take you for if you can lay me on my back, mon garcon.
"Ma foi!" cried the bowman, passing his fingers through his curls, "you were not far from the feather-bed then, mon gar.
Each man, also, of the King's archers should shoot three arrows at the target bearing the colors of his band, until the best bowman in each band should be chosen.
"Now if you had placed one of your shafts THERE"--loosing one of his own--"and another THERE"--out sped the second--"and another THERE"--the third was launched--"mayhap the King would have declared you the best bowman in all England!"