Fifteen there were in all, making themselves merry with feasting and drinking as they sat around a huge pasty, to which each man helped himself, thrusting his hands into the pie, and washing down that which they ate with great horns of ale which they drew all foaming from a barrel that stood nigh.
Now," quoth he, "my bow and eke mine arrows are as good as shine; and moreover, I go to the shooting match at Nottingham Town, which same has been proclaimed by our good Sheriff of Nottinghamshire; there I will shoot with other stout yeomen, for a prize has been offered of a fine butt of ale.
I, poor simple fool, gave him the ale and all that he craved, leaving him alone too, because he said that a man's mind must be left untroubled when he had great work to do.
Dame Eliza looked doubtfully at him, as though fearing some other stratagem, but, as he made no demand for ale, she finally brought the paints, and watched him as he smeared on his background, talking the while about the folk round the fire.
The doctor, who was universally considered one of the best-tempered creatures on earth, made this demand in such a dreadful tone of anger, that Giles and Brittles, who were considerably muddled by ale and excitement, stared at each other in a state of stupefaction.
That's what it is, sir,' replied the constable, coughing with great violence; for he had finished his ale in a hurry, and some of it had gone the wrong way.
If you should go near Barnard Castle, there is good ale
at the King's Head.
Weller, shaking up the ale, by describing small circles with the pot, preparatory to drinking.
Weller rang the bell, and ordered an additional pint of ale.
At length the dish was lifted on the table, and mugs of ale
having been previously set round, little Nell ventured to say grace, and supper began.
Poyser's attention was here diverted by the appearance of Molly, carrying a large jug, two small mugs, and four drinking- cans, all full of ale
or small beer--an interesting example of the prehensile power possessed by the human hand.
I wish, mine host," quoth he gravely to Robin, who had soberly drunk but one cup of ale
, "that you would now call a reckoning.
Markham,' said he: 'I'll take a glass of your excellent ale
But a glass of ale
you may have, and welcome," said I.
Besides these subjects of anxiety, the Saxon thane was impatient for the presence of his favourite clown Wamba, whose jests, such as they were, served for a sort of seasoning to his evening meal, and to the deep draughts of ale
and wine with which he was in the habit of accompanying it.