Well, I can weather the storm -- I, whom, notwithstanding, you tax with fear -- not with bravado
, that is not my way; but I am firm.
The only human being that crossed their path was a Kansas warrior, returning from some solitary expedition of bravado
or revenge, bearing a Pawnee scalp as a trophy.
He might have taken to the higher branches of the trees upon the opposite side, for Sheeta cannot climb to the heights to which the ape-man can go; but something, a spirit of bravado
perhaps, prompted him to approach the panther as though to discover if any feeling of gratitude would prompt the beast to friendliness.
Excitement, necessity, necessities of their social standing, bravado
, cheap heroism--any one of these.
Most awed of all were Joan and Sheldon, but, being whites, they were not supposed to be subject to such commonplace emotions, and their task was to carry the situation off with careless bravado
as befitted "big fella marsters" of the dominant breed.
So far did his unparalleled madness go; but the noble lion, more courteous than arrogant, not troubling himself about silly bravado
, after having looked all round, as has been said, turned about and presented his hind-quarters to Don Quixote, and very coolly and tranquilly lay down again in the cage.