Seemingly sad beyond consolation, the widow begs the squire to finish her off the same way.
"All right, squire; here it is," returned Bott, and handed over the epistle.
He made his way to the house of squire Paine, and, after a brief pause, was admitted.
The squire, his lady, his daughters, and the clergyman are there.
"Nay, I had other things upon my mind," the squire answered.
The squire was very hard set for occupation in these summer months.
"As empty as an English squire, coz," cried the first speaker.
The squire nodded and spat into the cuspidor between his feet.
I see that your squire's eyes are starting from his head like a trussed crab.
In this there was something that almost amounted to an accusation against the squire.
late 13c., "young man who attends a knight," later "member of the landowning class ranking below a knight" (c.1300), from Old French esquier "squire," literally "shield carrier" (see esquire). Meaning "country gentleman, landed proprietor" is from 1670s; as a general term of address to a gentleman, it is attested from 1828.
"to attend (a lady) as a gallant," late 14c., from squire (n.). Related: Squired; squiring.