Full, then, of this conviction, he pulled his cap down over his eyes, and endeavoring to copy some of the court airs he had picked up in Gascony among young traveling nobles, he advanced with one hand on the hilt
of his sword and the other resting on his hip.
From the window, that commanded a view of the whole Place, D'Artagnan saw, with interior satisfaction, that such of the musketeers and guards as found themselves involved in the crowd, were able, with blows of their fists and the hilts
of their swords, to keep room.
He stepped back a pace as if astonished by the discovery, took off his plumed velvet toque with a low obeisance so that the feathers swept the floor, and swaggered off the stage with his left hand resting on the hilt
of the property dagger at his belt.
The fellow was a marvellous swordsman and evidently in practice, while I had not gripped the hilt of a sword for ten long years before that morning.
The hilt of his sword must have struck my head, for with the impact of the corpse I lost consciousness.
But the boy had learned in that brief second a use for his sharp and shining toy, so that, as the tearing, striking beast dragged him to earth he plunged the blade repeatedly and to the hilt
into its breast.
And it is well for a people who do not- as the French did in 1813- salute according to all the rules of art, and, presenting the hilt
of their rapier gracefully and politely, hand it to their magnanimous conqueror, but at the moment of trial, without asking what rules others have adopted in similar cases, simply and easily pick up the first cudgel that comes to hand and strike with it till the feeling of resentment and revenge in their soul yields to a feeling of contempt and compassion.
Gahan did as he was bid, but warning the kaldane that his hand was ever ready at his dagger's hilt.
She saw the hand of the creature's rykor creeping stealthily toward the hilt of its dagger.
And so the two walked together through the dark alley to the end of the rickety, dismantled dock; the one thinking of the vast reward the King would lavish upon her for the information she felt sure she alone could give; the other feeling beneath his mantle for the hilt
of a long dagger which nestled there.
A sword whose hilt
sparkled with gems stood fixed and upright in the breast; a pool of blood had collected on the stones of the sidewalk.
By my hilt
I believe that the men of England are all in France already, and that what is left behind are in sooth the women dressed up in their paltocks and hosen.
But when Sir Bedivere drew Excalibur and saw the jewels of the hilt
shine in the wintry moonlight, he could not find it in his heart to cast anything so beautiful and precious from him.
We remember the faces, the eyes, the voices, we see again the gleam of silk and metal; the murmuring stir of that crowd, brilliant, festive, and martial; and we seem to feel the touch of friendly brown hands that, after one short grasp, return to rest on a chased hilt
The battered silver cans and tankards, I suppose, and silver buckles, and broken spoons, and silver buttons of worn-out coats, and silver hilts
of swords that had figured at court,- all such curious old articles were doubtless thrown into the melting-pot together.