Quick as a panther, Alleyne sprang in with a thrust, but Tranter, who was as active as he was strong, had already recovered himself and turned it aside with a movement of his heavy blade
The chained prisoners had been watching the combat in tense silence; not a sound had fallen in the room other than the clashing of our contending blades
, the soft shuffling of our naked feet and the few whispered words we had hissed at each other through clenched teeth the while we continued our mortal duel.
Ever was he the aggressor, and though always he kept his flashing blade
between the girl and her enemies, yet he managed to force them hither and thither about the room, calling to the girl to follow close behind him.
He did not dare intervene now until one of the Wieroo had overcome the other, lest the two should turn upon him at once, when the chances were fair that he would be defeated in so unequal a battle as the curved blade
of the red Wieroo would render it, and so he waited, watching the white-robed figure slowly choking the life from him of the red robe.
nay he swore very heartily), "that the blade
was taken from a French officer, of very high rank, at the battle of Dettingen.
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 while he did this he kept looking about and watching what came into his view: at one moment he picked a wild berry and ate it or offered it to Levin, then he flung away a twig with the blade
of the scythe, then he looked at a quail's nest, from which the bird flew just under the scythe, or caught a snake that crossed his path, and lifting it on the scythe as though on a fork showed it to Levin and threw it away.
An' this littlish blade
's broke, you see, but I wouldn't hev a new un put in, 'cause they might be cheatin' me an' givin' me another knife instid, for there isn't such a blade
i' the country,--it's got used to my hand, like.
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.
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.
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?
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.