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Now when the folk found what a simple butcher he was, they crowded around his cart; for he really did sell three times as much for one penny as was sold by the other butchers.
Then the butchers saw that they must meet craft with craft; and they said to him, "Come, brother butcher, if you would sell meat with us, you must e'en join our guild and stand by the rules of our trade.
He sold more meat for one penny than we could sell for three; and he gave extra weight to whatsoever lass would buss him.
But I know not the trade, and would gladly sell the whole herd, an I could find a buyer.
Five hundred and ten fat beasts by actual count, that I would sell for a just figure.
Now, I would fain be a butcher for the day and sell my meat in Nottingham Town.
Three pennyworths of meat I sell to a fat friar or priest for sixpence, for I want not their custom; stout aldermen I charge threepence, for it doth not matter to me whether they buy or not; to buxom dames I sell three pennyworths of meat for one penny for I like their custom well; but to the bonny lass that hath a liking for a good tight butcher I charge nought but one fair kiss, for I like her custom the best of all.
Thus he sold his meat so fast that no butcher that stood near him could sell anything.
When Robin and those that were with him came in, all laughing at some merry jest he had been telling them, those that were near the Sheriff whispered to him, "Yon is a right mad blade, for he hath sold more meat for one penny this day than we could sell for three, and to whatsoever merry lass gave him a kiss he gave meat for nought.
Ay, that have I," quoth Robin, laughing loudly again, "five hundred and more horned beasts have I and my brothers, and none of them have we been able to sell, else I might not have turned butcher.
I've seen 'em as would pull a woman's child out of her arms, and set him up to sell, and she screechin' like mad all the time;--very bad policy--damages the article--makes
If anybody had ever said to me that I should sell Tom down south to one of those rascally traders, I should have said, `Is thy servant a dog, that he should do this thing?
O, missis, do you suppose mas'r would sell my Harry?
You know your master never deals with those southern traders, and never means to sell any of his servants, as long as they behave well.
And, sitting down, he wrote a letter to his broker, ordering him to sell out at the market price.