If I deserve not better at your hand

bet2173

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Turkish
Good evening all,

In the dialogue below what does Cedric in reply mean when he says "if, when we meet next, I deserve not better at thine hand"?

"Remember, I will fly off both cowl and skin, if thou failest in thy purpose." said the baron.
"And free leave will I give thee to do both," answered Cedric, leaving the postern, and striding forth over the free field with a joyful step, "if, when we meet next, I deserve not better at thine hand."---Turning then back towards the castle, he threw the piece of gold towards the donor, exclaiming at the same time, "False Norman, thy money perish with thee!" (Ivanhoe)

Many thanks
 
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