Wonders of Bodily Strength and Skill, in All Ages and All Countries

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Scribner, 1871 - Games - 338 pages

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Page 272 - Sith it be no better," said Locksley, " I am content to try my fortune ; on condition that when I have shot two shafts at yonder mark of Hubert's,- he shall be bound to shoot one at that which I shall propose." "That is but fair," answered Prince John, "and it shall not be refused thee.
Page 276 - So saying, he again bent his bow, but on the present occasion looked with attention to his weapon, and changed the string, which he thought was no longer truly round, having been a little frayed by the two former shots. He then took his aim with some deliberation, and the multitude awaited the event in breathless silence. The archer vindicated their opinion of his skill : his arrow split the willow rod against which it was aimed. A jubilee of acclamations followed ; and even Prince John, in admiration...
Page 273 - So saying, and without showing the least anxiety to pause upon his aim, Locksley stepped to the appointed station, and shot his arrow as carelessly in appearance as if he had not even looked at the mark. He was speaking almost at the instant that the shaft left the bowstring, yet it alighted in the target two inches nearer to the...
Page 275 - said Prince John. " Sirrah Locksley, do thou shoot ; but, if thou hittest such a mark, I will say thou art the first man ever did so. Howe'er it be, thou shalt not crow over us with a mere show of superior skill ! " " I will do my best, as Hubert says," answered Locksley ;
Page 275 - I will do my best, as Hubert says,' answered Locksley, 'no man can do more.' " So saying, he again bent his bow, but on the present occasion looked with attention to his weapon, and changed the string, which he thought was no longer truly...
Page 11 - ... it must equally be considered a splendid performance ; and for the present we have no hesitation in saying that it is by far the best representation of Homer's Iliad in the English language.
Page 273 - ... was nigh level with his face, he drew his bowstring to his ear. The arrow whistled through the air, and lighted within the inner ring of the target, but not exactly in the centre. " ' You have not allowed for the wind, Hubert,' said his antagonist, bending his «bow, ' or that had been a better shot.
Page 274 - Hubert resumed his place, and not neglecting the caution which he had received from his adversary, he made the necessary allowance for a very light air of wind which had just arisen, and shot so successfully that his arrow alighted in the very centre of the target. "A Hubert! a Hubert!" shouted the populace, more interested in a known person than in a stranger. "In the clout! — in the clout! a Hubert for ever!" "Thou canst not mend that shot, Locksley," said the Prince, with an insulting smile.
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