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A long time was taken in this shooting, and when it was over the judges came forward, looked carefully at the targets, and proclaimed in a loud voice which three had shot the best from the separate bands.
Then the judges came forward again, and looking at the targets, called aloud the names of the archer chosen as the best bowman of each band.
He insisted upon eating the Sheriff's best bread and drinking his best wine, so that the steward waxed wroth.
"I make my vow!" cried Little John, "you are the best swordsman that ever yet I saw.
The episode meant more to him than being bested in play by the best swordsman in England--for that surely was no disgrace--to Henry it seemed prophetic of the outcome of a future struggle when he should stand face to face with the real De Montfort; and then, seeing in De Vac only the creature of his imagination with which he had vested the likeness of his powerful brother-in-law, Henry did what he should like to have done to the real Leicester.
De Vac had been born in Paris, the son of a French officer reputed the best swordsman in France.
He was walking in, but not with the best possible grace, when he suddenly stopped, and started back.
It was a sobered affection at best, which came from my sympathy with his love of nature, and the whole kindly and humane keeping of his genius.
Thus to die is best; the next best, however, is to die in battle, and sacrifice a great soul.