Across the Tanner's shoulders was slung his stout quarterstaff, ever near enough to him to be gripped quickly, and on his head was a cap of doubled cowhide, so tough that it could hardly be cloven even by a broadsword.
Hearing a rustling of the branches, Little John stopped and presently caught sight of the brown cowhide cap of the Tanner moving among the bushes
So for a long time they both of them went hunting about, Little John after the Tanner, and the Tanner after the deer.
"Nay," quoth the Tanner boldly--for, though taken by surprise, he was not a man to be frightened by big words--"thou liest in thy teeth.
"I care not who thou art," answered the bold Tanner, "and unless thou hast many more of thy kind by thee, thou canst never make Arthur a Bland cry `A mercy.' "
"Ay, marry would I," quoth the Tanner, giving him another thwack with his staff.
"Hast thou had enough?" asked the Tanner grimly, holding his staff aloft.
Well, the men gathered around and sympathized with them, and said all sorts of kind things to them, and carried their carpet-bags up the hill for them, and let them lean on them and cry, and told the king all about his brother's last moments, and the king he told it all over again on his hands to the duke, and both of them took on about that dead tanner
like they'd lost the twelve disciples.
'He is making game of us,' they said; and the shoemakers seized their yard measures and the tanners
their leathern aprons and they gave Big Klaus a good beating.
There are native tanners
, shoemakers, weavers, blacksmiths, stonecutters, and other artificers attached to each establishment.
There are rogues and knaves here, friars and priests, barons and burgesses, bakers and butchers, tailors and tanners
, masons and miners, and folk of many other crafts.
I have a fief in the Rue Tirechappe, and all the women are in love with me, as true as Saint Eloy was an excellent goldsmith, and that the five trades of the good city of Paris are the tanners
, the tawers, the makers of cross-belts, the purse-makers, and the sweaters, and that Saint Laurent was burnt with eggshells.