He brushed aside the frail weapon which was opposed to him, whirled up his great blade
, sprang back to get the fairer sweep--and vanished into the waters of the Garonne.
The fellow whose ruse had put me down was springing toward me, the point of his gleaming blade directed straight at my heart, and as he came there rang from his lips the cruel and mocking peal of laughter that I had heard within the Chamber of Mystery.
I, who have faced and conquered in my time thousands of sinewy warriors and tempered blades, shall not be turned back by wind; nor no more shall you, Thark.
Once more Carthoris and Kar Komak had recourse to their blades
, and before they had won their way to one of the lifts the noise of the conflict must have aroused the entire palace, for they heard men shouting, and as they passed the many levels on their quick passage to the landing-stage they saw armed men running hither and thither in search of the cause of the commotion.
He had dropped the curved blade beneath the hides when he had been jerked so violently from their fancied security.
The first intimation he had that he had been discovered was when his foot was suddenly seized, and he was yanked violently from beneath the hides to find himself surrounded by menacing blades.
But if thou knowest him, my jolly blade
, wilt thou go with me and bring me to him?
They thronged the narrow length of our schooner's decks with their ornamented and barbarous crowd, with the variegated colours of checkered sarongs, red turbans, white jackets, embroideries; with the gleam of scabbards, gold rings, charms, armlets, lance blades
, and jewelled handles of their weapons.
When he had looked long, the pair took their stand back to back in the centre of the kraal, and people saw that Umslopogaas held the axe in a new fashion, its curved blade being inwards towards his breast, and the hollow point turned towards the foe.
One threw a spear indeed, and though Umslopogaas leaped aside, and as it sped towards him smote the haft in two with the blade of Groan-Maker, yet its head flew on, wounding Galazi in the flank.
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.
But I hated to spoil the Queen's blade upon his tough stick or no less tough hide.
For a trader to refuse one of these free and flourishing blades
a credit, whatever unpaid scores might stare him in the face, would be a flagrant affront scarcely to be forgiven.
Then the screw set to work at its maximum speed, its four blades
beating the waves with in describable force.
Well, for instance, when I left her to-day, she put her arms around me and felt my shoulder blades
, to see if my wings were strong, she said.