I'd rather sleep," said a man, rolling over on the snow, "and if you trouble me again, I'll stick my bayonet
into your stomach.
The regiment rose to the blast of the bugle as one man; but one man there was who rose more swiftly than all the others, for half an inch of bayonet
was in the fleshy part of his leg.
But the soldiers, crowded together shoulder to shoulder, their bayonets
interlocking, moved over the bridge in a dense mass.
His lieutenant marched beside him while Underlieutenant von Goss brought up the rear, following with a handful of askaris the tired and all but exhausted porters whom the black soldiers, following the example of their white officer, encouraged with the sharp points of bayonets
and the metal-shod butts of rifles.
In the big graveyard, at head and feet of the graves, were relics of past sanguinary history--blubber-spades, rusty old bayonets
and cutlasses, copper bolts, rudder-irons, harpoons, bomb guns, bricks that could have come from nowhere but a whaler's trying-out furnace, and old brass pieces of the sixteenth century that verified the traditions of the early Spanish navigators.
Now little James watched the red coats of the southern soldiers as, with bayonets
gleaming in the sun, they wound through the glens.
Yet we could see the soldiers pike their bayonets
among the heather, which sent a cold thrill into my vitals; and they would sometimes hang about our rock, so that we scarce dared to breathe.
that is, it would have been, only Waterloo had not yet taken place)--it was Ney's column breasting the hill of La Haye Sainte, bristling with ten thousand bayonets
, and crowned with twenty eagles--it was the shout of the beef-eating British, as leaping down the hill they rushed to hug the enemy in the savage arms of battle-- in other words, Cuff coming up full of pluck, but quite reeling and groggy, the Fig-merchant put in his left as usual on his adversary's nose, and sent him down for the last time.
Rings by the dozen, diamonds by the score; bracelets, pendants, aigrettes, necklaces, pearls, rubies, amethysts, sapphires; and diamonds always, diamonds in everything, flashing bayonets
of light, dazzling me--blinding me--making me disbelieve because I could no longer forget.
The homeward march being somewhat tardy,--owing to the un- soldierlike behaviour of certain corporals, who, being gentlemen of sedentary pursuits in private life and excitable out of doors, broke several windows with their bayonets
, and rendered it imperative on the commanding officer to deliver them over to a strong guard, with whom they fought at intervals as they came along,--it was nine o'clock when the locksmith reached home.
In short, most of the Indians who were in the open part of the house were killed or hurt with the grenado, except two or three more who pressed to the door, which the boatswain and two more kept, with their bayonets
on the muzzles of their pieces, and despatched all that came in their way; but there was another apartment in the house, where the prince or king, or whatever he was, and several others were; and these were kept in till the house, which was by this time all in a light flame, fell in upon them, and they were smothered together.
Pickwick was right--the firing ceased; but he had scarcely time to congratulate himself on the accuracy of his opinion, when a quick movement was visible in the line; the hoarse shout of the word of command ran along it, and before either of the party could form a guess at the meaning of this new manoeuvre, the whole of the half-dozen regiments, with fixed bayonets
, charged at double-quick time down upon the very spot on which Mr.
Aye, the Pequod --that ship there, he said, drawing back his whole arm, and then rapidly shoving it straight out from him, with the fixed bayonet
of his pointed finger darted full at the object.
It might not be much harm on parade, except to worry and fatigue them; but how would it be in a bayonet
charge against the enemy, when they want the free use of every muscle, and all their strength thrown forward?
A sad day it was for the poor Acadians when the armed soldiers drove them, at the point of the bayonet
, down to the sea-shore.