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Chapter XIII
 Intense excitement instantly . Their over, the crowd cheered again and again, shook hands with one another, and flung their caps into the air. Everyone was delighted, for everyone was fond of Tell and Walter. It also pleased them to see the Governor disappointed. He had had things his own way for so long that it was a pleasant change to see him baffled in this manner. Not since Switzerland became a nation had the meadow outside the city gates been the scene of such rejoicings.  
Walter had picked up the apple with the arrow piercing it, and was showing it proudly to all his friends.
"I told you so," he kept saying; "I knew father wouldn't hurt me. Father's the best shot in all Switzerland."
"That was indeed a shot!" exclaimed Ulric the smith; "it will ring through the ages. While the mountains stand will the tale of Tell the bowman be told."
Rudolph der Harras took the apple from Walter and showed it to Gessler, who had been sitting transfixed on his horse.
"See," he said, "the arrow has passed through the very centre. It was a master shot."
"It was very nearly a 'Master Walter shot,'" said Rösselmann the priest , fixing the Governor with a stern eye.
Gessler made no answer. He sat looking at Tell, who had dropped his cross-bow and was motionless, still gazing in the direction in which the arrow had sped. Nobody liked to be the first to speak to him.
"Well," said Rudolph der Harras, breaking an awkward silence, "I suppose it's all over now? May as well be moving, eh?"
He bit a large piece out of the apple, which he still held. Walter uttered a piercing scream as he saw the mouthful disappear. Up till now he had shown no signs of dismay, in spite of the which he had had to face; but when he watched Rudolph eating the apple, which he naturally looked upon as his own property, he could not keep quiet any longer. Rudolph handed him the apple with an apology, and he began to it .
"Come with me to your mother, my boy," said Rösselmann.
Walter took no notice, but went on eating the apple.
Tell came to himself with a start, looked round for Walter, and began to lead him away in the direction of his home, deaf to all the cheering that was going on around him.
Gessler leaned forward in his saddle.
"Tell," he said, "a word with you."
Tell came back.
"Your Excellency?"
"Before you go I wish you to explain one thing."
"A thousand, your Excellency."
"No, only one. When you were getting ready to shoot at the apple you placed an arrow in the string and a second arrow in your belt."
"A second arrow!" Tell pretended to be very much astonished, but the did not............
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