A short blade
," assented Brown, nodding solemnly like an owl, "but a very long hilt.
As you will," said Vas Kor, feeling the point of his blade
with his left thumb.
The latter dodged the first charge, drew a wicked-looking curved blade
from beneath its red robe, spread its wings and dived for its antagonist.
The weapon he held straight up in front of him with blade
erect, so that he might either bring it down with a swinging blow, or by a turn of the heavy blade
he might guard his own head and body.
He bowed his head behind his master, and without stirring held hilt up over his right shoulder a long blade
in a silver scabbard.
They all seemed to tell; the swords always bent over the opponents' heads, from the forehead back over the crown, and seemed to touch, all the way; but it was not so--a protecting blade
, invisible to me, was always interposed between.
Then Aramis, paler than before, but subdued by these words, snapped the serpent blade
between his hands, and then folding his arms, stood trembling with rage.
In fresh myrtle my blade
I'll entwine, Like Harmodius, the gallant and good, When he made at the tutelar shrine A libation of Tyranny's blood.
His axe was near him, but the blade
was rusted and the handle broken off short.
In addition to the features which I have already described, the beast was equipped with a massive tail about six feet in length, quite round where it joined the body, but tapering to a flat, thin blade
toward the end, which trailed at right angles to the ground.
Instead, they rushed me--the three of them simultaneously; and it was that which gave me an advantage, for they fouled one another in the narrow precincts of the balcony, so that the foremost of them stumbled full upon my blade
at the first onslaught.
The cell was dark; he could not distinguish clearly who it was that held him thus; but he heard teeth chattering with rage, and there was just sufficient light scattered among the gloom to allow him to see above his head the blade
of a large knife.
Among other things he found a sharp hunting knife, on the keen blade
of which he immediately proceeded to cut his finger.
This same Robin Hood, of whom, I wot, I never heard before, is a right merry blade
, but gin he be strong, am not I stronger?
Back and forth across the floor we struggled--the Mahar dealing me terrific, cutting blows with her fore feet, while I attempted to protect my body with my left hand, at the same time watching for an opportunity to transfer my blade
from my now useless sword hand to its rapidly weakening mate.