We shall go in to the prince anon; but in truth he hath much upon his hands, for what with Pedro, and the King of Majorca, and the King of Navarre, who is no two days of the same mind, and the Gascon barons who are all chaffering
for terms like so many hucksters, he hath an uneasy part to play.
Pedlers were backing their wagons to the edge of the wharf, and from the bargaining and chaffering
that went on, I managed to learn the selling price of the oysters.
Buck heard the chaffering
, saw the money pass between the man and the Government agent, and knew that the Scotch half-breed and the mail-train drivers were passing out of his life on the heels of Perrault and Francois and the others who had gone before.
Here were all manner of Northern folk, tending tethered ponies and kneeling camels; loading and unloading bales and bundles; drawing water for the evening meal at the creaking well-windlasses; piling grass before the shrieking, wild-eyed stallions; cuffing the surly caravan dogs; paying off camel-drivers; taking on new grooms; swearing, shouting, arguing, and chaffering
in the packed square.
Off I set to him, and after much chaffering
I got our stones at 1000 pounds apiece.