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.
We cannot fight empty air; I would almost sooner return and face foes into whose flesh I may feel my blade bite and know that I am selling my carcass dearly before I go down to that eternal oblivion which is evidently the fairest and most desirable eternity that mortal man has the right to hope for.
An instant later I drew my blade from the still heart of this great Barsoomian lion, and turning toward Tars Tarkas was surprised to see him facing a similar monster.
He escaped my blade
, and ran down this corridor," replied Kar Komak.
The blade struck at the junction of the neck and torso and with such force as to completely decapitate the Wieroo, the hideous head dropping to the floor and the body falling forward upon the Englishman.
He had dropped the curved blade beneath the hides when he had been jerked so violently from their fancied security.
More and more weakly the torn and bleeding arm struck home with the long sharp blade
, then the little figure stiffened with a spasmodic jerk, and Tarzan, the young Lord Greystoke, rolled unconscious upon the dead and decaying vegetation which carpeted his jungle home.
Swinging his scythe just as ever, and moving his feet in their big, plaited shoes with firm, little steps, he climbed slowly up the steep place, and though his breeches hanging out below his smock, and his whole frame trembled with effort, he did not miss one blade
of grass or one mushroom on his way, and kept making jokes with the peasants and Levin.
Bob spoke with a sharp and rather treble volubility, and got through his long speech with surprising despatch, giving the blade
of his knife an affectionate rub on his sleeve when he had finished.
Others polished the blade
until all the rust was removed and it glistened like burnished silver.
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.
But if thou knowest him, my jolly blade, wilt thou go with me and bring me to him?
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.