The priest, perplexed and amazed, made haste to examine the wound with both hands, and found that the blade
had passed, not through Basilio's flesh and ribs, but through a hollow iron tube full of blood, which he had adroitly fixed at the place, the blood, as was afterwards ascertained, having been so prepared as not to congeal.
Robin thought at first that he could hack the cudgel to pieces, for his blade
was one of Toledo--finely tempered steel which the Queen had given him.
Then Aramis, paler than before, but subdued by these words, snapped the serpent blade
between his hands, and then folding his arms, stood trembling with rage.
A short blade
," assented Brown, nodding solemnly like an owl, "but a very long hilt.
Others polished the blade
until all the rust was removed and it glistened like burnished silver.
For an instant they recoiled before my terrific onslaught, and in that instant the green warrior rose to the occasion and, springing to my side, laid to the right and left of him as I had never seen but one other warrior do, with great circling strokes that formed a figure eight about him and that never stopped until none stood living to oppose him, his keen blade
passing through flesh and bone and metal as though each had been alike thin air.
The red stain upon my point roused to its full the old blood-lust of the fighting man that has ever been so strong within my breast, so that my blade
flew through the air with a swiftness and deadly accuracy that threw the two remaining therns into wild despair.
But the boy had learned in that brief second a use for his sharp and shining toy, so that, as the tearing, striking beast dragged him to earth he plunged the blade
repeatedly and to the hilt into its breast.
Now I love thee as my brother, my bully blade
," said the Tinker, "else I would not tell thee my news; for sly am I, man, and I have in hand a grave undertaking that doth call for all my wits, for I come to seek a bold outlaw that men, hereabouts, call Robin Hood.
Ever was he the aggressor, and though always he kept his flashing blade
between the girl and her enemies, yet he managed to force them hither and thither about the room, calling to the girl to follow close behind him.
Back and forth across the floor we struggled--the Mahar dealing me terrific, cutting blows with her fore feet, while I attempted to protect my body with my left hand, at the same time watching for an opportunity to transfer my blade
from my now useless sword hand to its rapidly weakening mate.
It must have been an hour later that the ape-man rose quietly and drew his long blade
from its sheath.
As they reached the water's edge De Vac was walking with his right shoulder behind his companion's left, in his hand was gripped the keen blade
and as the woman halted on the dock the point that hovered just below her left shoulder-blade
plunged, soundless, into her heart at the same instant that De Vac's left hand swung up and grasped her throat in a grip of steel.
The latter dodged the first charge, drew a wicked-looking curved blade
from beneath its red robe, spread its wings and dived for its antagonist.
The weapon he held straight up in front of him with blade
erect, so that he might either bring it down with a swinging blow, or by a turn of the heavy blade
he might guard his own head and body.