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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

chased him even to Carlion, and we shall meet with him anon in the highway. That is
well said, said Arthur, now have I a sword, now will I wage battle with him, and be
avenged on him. Sir, ye shall not so, said Merlin, for the knight is weary of fighting and
chasing, so that ye shall have no worship to have ado with him; also, he will not lightly
be matched of one knight living; and therefore it is my counsel, let him pass, for he shall
do you good service in short time, and his sons, after his days. Also ye shall see that day
in short space ye shall be right glad to give him your sister to wed. When I see him, I will
do as ye advise me, said Arthur. Then Sir Arthur looked on the sword, and liked it
passing well. Whether liketh you better, said Merlin, the sword or the scabbard? Me
liketh better the sword, said Arthur. Ye are more unwise, said Merlin, for the scabbard is
worth ten of the sword, for while ye have the scabbard upon you ye shall never lose no
blood, be ye never so sore wounded; therefore, keep well the scabbard always with you.
So they rode into Carlion, and by the way they met with Sir Pellinore; but Merlin had
done such a craft that Pellinore saw not Arthur, and he passed by without any words. I
marvel, said Arthur, that the knight would not speak. Sir, said Merlin, he saw you not; for
and he had seen you ye had not lightly departed. So they came unto Carlion, whereof his
knights were passing glad. And when they heard of his adventures they marveled that he
would jeopard his person so alone. But all men of worship said it was merry to be under
such a chieftain that would put his person in adventure as other poor knights did."
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