I could only divine and distinguish that stakes were hazarded on numbers, on "odd" or "even," and on colours.
If he wins, he will be at liberty, perhaps, to give vent to a laugh, or to pass a remark on the circumstance to a bystander, or to stake again, or to double his stake; but, even this he must do solely out of curiosity, and for the pleasure of watching the play of chances and of calculations, and not because of any vulgar desire to win.
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.
I say this lest thou shouldst imagine that because we have been drubbed in this affray we have therefore suffered any indignity; for the arms those men carried, with which they pounded us, were nothing more than their stakes
, and not one of them, so far as I remember, carried rapier, sword, or dagger.
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 girl saw the stake in the village street and the piles of fagots about it and in terror she suddenly realized the portent of these grisly preparations.
No stake that you can offer," Trent answered shortly.
I will stake that brandy," Trent answered, "against the picture you let fall from your pocket an hour ago.
Backward and downward he went toward the sharpened stakes in the bottom of the pit.
None of the sharpened stakes had pierced him--only a swollen spot at the base of the brain indicated the nature of his injury.
But the men that land big will be them that stake
the town sites, organize the tradin' companies, start the banks--"
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.
Now he was to be the central figure, bound to the stake
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.