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  • This fear was strengthened soon, for as the priest fixed himself conveniently in his elevated position, the floor above the esquire's head creaked and groaned and threatened every minute to fall.

    Heiress of Haddon

  • Indeed, it is clear from the study of the careers of the other esquires that, so far as we know, Chaucer received no exceptional favours, and that his career was in practically every respect a typical esquire's career.

    Chaucer's Official Life

  • ` ` You said, '' replied the bishop, with manifest symptoms of alarm --- ` ` you said, the esquire's master was returned --- he, I mean, of the Couchant Leopard. ''

    The Talisman

  • One day the prince noticed his esquire's dismal expression of countenance, and asked the cause of it.

    The Enchanted Island of Yew

  • "These horses for sale?" said the man who had been rebuffed, pressing up to the young esquire's knee.

    The King's Esquires The Jewel of France

  • Saint Simon turned off and rode back without a word, while Leoni hastily unfastened and drew off the young esquire's silken scarf, and said with his white teeth glistening in a sardonic smile in the bright moonlight:

    The King's Esquires The Jewel of France

  • He swung round to stride out of the building, and then started with surprise, for the young esquire's rapier flashed out sharply in the dull light of the lanterns, as he drew and cried sternly:

    The King's Esquires The Jewel of France

  • "What!" cried the captain, enraged by the low murmur uttered by the grooms as if endorsing the young esquire's words.

    The King's Esquires The Jewel of France

  • They were handsomely dressed, in a style which showed them to be people of some consequence: for in those days the texture of a woman's hood, the number of her pearls, and the breadth of her lace and fur were carefully regulated by sumptuary laws, and woe betide the esquire's daughter, or the knight's wife, who presumed to poach on the widths reserved for a Baroness!

    All's Well Alice's Victory

  • 'Thou hast an esquire's coat; hast thou any hope of thy lands?'

    The Herd Boy and His Hermit

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