What it has taken minutes to write occurred in but a few seconds, but during that time Tars Tarkas had seen my plight and had dropped from the lower branches, which he had reached with such infinite labour, and as I flung the last of my immediate antagonists
from me the great Thark leaped to my side, and again we fought, back to back, as we had done a hundred times before.
Another German burnt, and one badly deflated by the prow of an antagonist, flopped out of action southward.
One of them flared down and vanished far away in the north; two dropped with something twisted and crippled in their movements; then a group of antagonists came down from the zenith in an eddying conflict, two Asiatics against one German, and were presently joined by another, and drove away eastward all together with others dropping out of the German line to join them.
As he fell he saw a black streak shoot above him and another lion close upon his antagonist
As the brute circled him Tarzan turned slowly, keeping his eyes ever upon the eyes of his antagonist
If several warriors surround a single foeman or quarry, they rope it with the noose from several sides; but a single warrior against a lone antagonist
will attempt to brain his foe with the metal oval.
Suddenly the explanation leaped to his mind--his antagonist
was coolly taking these terrible chances in the hope that he would receive no staggering wound from any of De Coude's three shots.
It was exactly the opposite of the criticism passed on his antagonist
Tarzan looked downward for a moment upon the still form of his late antagonist
, then he rose to his full height, swelled his deep chest, smote upon it with his clenched fist and roared out the uncanny challenge of the victorious bull ape.
The battle, which was of the kind that for distinction's sake is called royal, now raged with the utmost violence during a few minutes; till Blifil being a second time laid sprawling by Jones, Thwackum condescended to apply for quarter to his new antagonist
, who was now found to be Mr Western himself; for in the heat of the action none of the combatants had recognized him.
The old man, who stood leaning on his rifle in a thoughtful attitude, shook his head, as he answered with a native steadiness, that entirely eclipsed the imposing air which his antagonist
had seen fit to assume--
For example, when the regular dueling-day of one of the corps approaches, its president calls for volunteers from among the membership to offer battle; three or more respond--but there must not be less than three; the president lays their names before the other presidents, with the request that they furnish antagonists
for these challengers from among their corps.
The five antagonists
of Phileas Fogg had met in the great saloon of the club.
But as the battle continued he realized that there might be a limit to the number of antagonists
which he could successfully withstand, since he could scarcely hope with but two hands to reach the throats of three enemies, or ward off the blows and clutches of six powerful hands, or the gnashing of three sets of savage fangs.
In the first place, he is thought just, and therefore bears rule in the city; he can marry whom he will, and give in marriage to whom he will; also he can trade and deal where he likes, and always to his own advantage, because he has no misgivings about injustice and at every contest, whether in public or private, he gets the better of his antagonists
, and gains at their expense, and is rich, and out of his gains he can benefit his friends, and harm his enemies; moreover, he can offer sacrifices, and dedicate gifts to the gods abundantly and magnificently, and can honour the gods or any man whom he wants to honour in a far better style than the just, and therefore he is likely to be dearer than they are to the gods.