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324 THE ESCAPE OF THE MOUSE
the shields they had seen ; and these likewise they enamelled. And so greatly did they prosper that no man in the town bought a shield except they had made it, till at length the shield-makers banded together as the saddlers had done, and resolved to slay them. But of this they had warning, and by night betook themselves to another town.
' Let us take to making shoes,' said Manawyddan, ' for there are not any among the shoemakers bold enough to fight us.'
' I know nothing of making shoes,' answered Pryderi, who in truth despised so peaceful a craft.
' But I know,' replied Manawyddan,' and I will teach thee to stitch. We will buy the leather ready dressed, and will make the shoes from it.'
Then straightway he sought the town for the best leather, and for a goldsmith to fashion the clasps, and he himself watched till it was done, so that he might learn for himself. Soon he became known as ' The Maker of Gold Shoes,' and prospered so greatly, that as long as one could be bought from him not a shoe was purchased from the shoemakers of the town. And the craftsmen were wroth, and banded together to slay them.
' Pryderi,' said Manawyddan, when he had received news of it, ' we will not remain in England any longer. Let us set forth to Dyved.'
So they journeyed until they came to their lands at Narberth. There they gathered their dogs round them, and hunted for a year as before.
After that a strange thing happened. One morning Pryderi and Manawyddan rose up to hunt, and loosened their dogs, which ran before them, till they came to a small bush. At the bush, the dogs shrank away as if frightened, and returned to their masters, their hair bristling on their backs.
' We must see what is in that bush,' said Pryderi, and what was in it was a boar, with a skin as white as the
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