And the Centaurs were gathered against them on the other side with Petraeus and Asbolus the diviner, Arctus, and Ureus, and black-haired Mimas, and the two sons of silver, and they had pinetrees of gold in their hands, and they were rushing together as though they were alive and striking at one another hand to hand
with spears and with pines.
A dark mass, looming through a cloud of dust, soon became visible; the mob quickened their pace; shouting and whooping like savages, they came rushing on pell mell; and in a few seconds he was bandied from hand to hand
, in the heart of a crowd of men.
Come before me; I am a single knight who would fain prove thy prowess hand to hand
, and make thee yield thy life a penalty for the wrong thou dost to the valiant Pentapolin Garamanta.
The islanders, who only smoke a whiff or two at a time, and at long intervals, and who keep their pipes going from hand to hand
continually, regarded my systematic smoking of four or five pipefuls of tobacco in succession, as something quite wonderful.
When the fight became visible, half the knights on each side were dismounted, some by the dexterity of their adversary's lance, some by the superior weight and strength of opponents, which had borne down both horse and man, some lay stretched on earth as if never more to rise, some had already gained their feet, and were closing hand to hand
with those of their antagonists who were in the same predicament, and several on both sides, who had received wounds by which they were disabled, were stopping their blood by their scarfs, and endeavouring to extricate themselves from the tumult.