During the years he had served as master of fence at the English Court the sons of royalty had learned to thrust and parry
and cut as only De Vac could teach the art; and he had been as conscientious in the discharge of his duties as he had been in his unswerving hatred and contempt for his pupils.
But if Chelsea thrust and parry
in the same high-pressure, space-denying manner as they did last week, they will create anxieties in the stands which could spill down to the pitch and fragment Arsenal's rhythm and confidence.
Asked whether the sloped glass-and-steel facade, with its pantomimed thrust and parry
of aspiration and collapse, is a play on the great tradition of allusions to rising and falling in Art Deco skyscrapers (the fountainlike buildings of Rockefeller Center are just around the corner), Abraham protests: "It is in the great tradition of the guillotine.