He brushed aside the frail weapon which was opposed to him, whirled up his great blade
, sprang back to get the fairer sweep--and vanished into the waters of the Garonne.
"We cannot fight empty air; I would almost sooner return and face foes into whose flesh I may feel my blade bite and know that I am selling my carcass dearly before I go down to that eternal oblivion which is evidently the fairest and most desirable eternity that mortal man has the right to hope for."
Think you, Tars Tarkas, that John Carter will fly at the first shriek of a cowardly foe who dare not come out into the open and face a good blade?"
"He escaped my blade
, and ran down this corridor," replied Kar Komak.
Leaping into the room he ran for the Wieroo, who had already seized the girl, and as he ran, he stooped and picked up the curved blade. The creature's back was toward him as, with his left hand, he seized it by the neck.
He had dropped the curved blade beneath the hides when he had been jerked so violently from their fancied security.
More and more weakly the torn and bleeding arm struck home with the long sharp blade
, then the little figure stiffened with a spasmodic jerk, and Tarzan, the young Lord Greystoke, rolled unconscious upon the dead and decaying vegetation which carpeted his jungle home.
Swinging his scythe just as ever, and moving his feet in their big, plaited shoes with firm, little steps, he climbed slowly up the steep place, and though his breeches hanging out below his smock, and his whole frame trembled with effort, he did not miss one blade
of grass or one mushroom on his way, and kept making jokes with the peasants and Levin.
Bob spoke with a sharp and rather treble volubility, and got through his long speech with surprising despatch, giving the blade
of his knife an affectionate rub on his sleeve when he had finished.
Others polished the blade
until all the rust was removed and it glistened like burnished silver.
"And whence comest thou, my lusty blade?" quoth Robin.
"Now I love thee as my brother, my bully blade," said the Tinker, "else I would not tell thee my news; for sly am I, man, and I have in hand a grave undertaking that doth call for all my wits, for I come to seek a bold outlaw that men, hereabouts, call Robin Hood.
As they reached the water's edge De Vac was walking with his right shoulder behind his companion's left, in his hand was gripped the keen blade
and as the woman halted on the dock the point that hovered just below her left shoulder-blade plunged, soundless, into her heart at the same instant that De Vac's left hand swung up and grasped her throat in a grip of steel.
Then before all men he kissed the broad blade
and cried aloud:--
Then the tables were turned, for he dashed in right manfully with his shining blade
and made the tinker give back again.