A few more steps would precipitate Tantor upon the sharpened stakes;
Backward and downward he went toward the sharpened stakes in the bottom of the pit.
The Yanguesans, seeing themselves assaulted by only two men while they were so many, betook themselves to their stakes
, and driving the two into the middle they began to lay on with great zeal and energy; in fact, at the second blow they brought Sancho to the ground, and Don Quixote fared the same way, all his skill and high mettle availing him nothing, and fate willed it that he should fall at the feet of Rocinante, who had not yet risen; whereby it may be seen how furiously stakes
can pound in angry boorish hands.
I have seen a man taken away from the stake after a dozen spear thrusts had pierced his body and the fire had been lighted about his feet."
The argument lasted for some five or ten minutes when suddenly the little knot broke and two warriors ran to the opposite side of the village from whence they presently returned with a large stake which they soon set up beside the one already in place.
"No stake that you can offer," Trent answered shortly.
Name your own stake! Set it up against that single glass!
I could only divine and distinguish that stakes
were hazarded on numbers, on "odd" or "even," and on colours.
I employed myself in planting my second rows of stakes
or piles, and in this wicker-working all the summer or dry season, when another business took me up more time than it could be imagined I could spare.
"Take this stake
in your left hand, ready to place to the point over the heart, and the hammer in your right.
The priest, on his knees, for he had not the strength to stand erect, was not even fastened to the stake
, his weakness rendering that precaution superfluous.
The chief gave orders that Tarzan should be lifted and carried to the stake
; but it was several minutes before he could prevail upon any of his men to touch the prisoner.
"But the men that land big will be them that stake
the town sites, organize the tradin' companies, start the banks--"
He wrote "800 rubles" on a card, but while the waiter filled his glass he changed his mind and altered it to his usual stake
of twenty rubles.
Many times had Tarzan seen Mbonga's black raiding parties return from the northward with prisoners, and always were the same scenes enacted about that grim stake
, beneath the flaring light of many fires.