Well,” he said at last, “I might as well say it––I took you for a tenderfoot.
“Oh, well, allowances should be made for a tenderfoot,” she bantered.
“You need not worry, Mr. Tenderfoot,” the girl flashed back at him.
The tenderfoot staked his claim on the chance of selling it again.
To be a tenderfoot means to occupy the lowest grade in scouting.
A tenderfoot, therefore, is superior to the ordinary boy because of his training.
Enlist a boy trained by himself in the requirements of a tenderfoot.
Before a boy can become a tenderfoot he must qualify for same.
"No need to remind you I'm a tenderfoot," he jibed at himself.
The tenderfoot, struck by the logic of this reasoning, fell silent.