On one occasion Sir Hugh greatly perplexed his chief builder. He
took this worthy man to the walls of the donjon keep and pointed to
a window there.
"Methinks," said he, "yon window is square, and measures, on the
inside, one foot every way, and is divided by the narrow bars into
four lights, measuring half a foot on every side."
"Of a truth that is so, Sir Hugh."
"Then I desire that another window be made higher up whose four
sides shall also be each one foot, but it shall be divided by bars
into eight lights, whose sides shall be all equal."
"Truly, Sir Hugh," said the bewildered chief builder, "I know not
how it may be done."
"By my halidame!" exclaimed De Fortibus in pretended rage, "let it
be done forthwith. I trow thou art but a sorry craftsman if thou
canst not, forsooth, set such a window in a keep wall."
It will be noticed that Sir Hugh ignores the thickness of the bars.
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