Gugemar rode at a great pace after the quarry, a varlet riding beside, bearing his bow, his arrows and his spear.
At one time he took service with a minstrel and was his varlet.
When the varlet saw this he rejoiced greatly, for he knew that the eyes of his friend were upon him.
"Then give the varlet food and raiment and set him on his way," said Sir Hugh.
Then the varlet went his way and came to the manor, and saluted the lady, and told her from whence he came.
Good it is to hear that the varlet was not let sleep sound all the night!
I had rather have been torn by wild horses than that any varlet should have won such victory over me as thou hast done.
And now, lo you, without more tarrying, a varlet enters the court.
The varlet climbed from the saddle, and stood upon his feet.
So leave taken, the varlet went his way, and with him the hermit.
mid-15c., "servant, attendant of a knight," from Middle French varlet (14c.), variant of vaslet, originally "squire, young man," from Old French vassal (see vassal). The meaning "rascal, rogue" is 1540s.