The old Inspector -- who, by-the-bye, l regret to say, was overthrown and killed by a horse some time ago, else he would certainly have lived for ever -- he, and all those other venerable personages who sat with him at the receipt of custom, are but shadows in my view: white-headed and wrinkled images, which my fancy used to sport
with, and has now flung aside for ever.
He sees his enemy: horsemen sitting motionless, with long spears in rest, upon blindfolded broken-down nags, lean and starved, fit only for sport
and sacrifice, then the carrion-heap.
And, since then, sometimes more and sometimes less, I've been the sport
of that intolerable torture
There was little roughness in the sport
, and much playfulness.
As to measuring her waist in sport
, as they did, bold young brood, I couldn't have done it; I should have expected my arm to have grown round it for a punishment, and never come straight again.
So, here was another earthquake of which I became the sport
, before I had recovered from the shock of its predecessor!
He remembered no mention of the weaver between them since the time, twelve years ago, when it was their boyish sport
to deride him; and, besides, his imagination constantly created an alibi for Dunstan: he saw him continually in some congenial haunt, to which he had walked off on leaving Wildfire--saw him sponging on chance acquaintances, and meditating a return home to the old amusement of tormenting his elder brother.
what if all Her stores were op'n'd, and this Firmament Of Hell should spout her Cataracts of Fire, Impendent horrors, threatning hideous fall One day upon our heads; while we perhaps Designing or exhorting glorious Warr, Caught in a fierie Tempest shall be hurl'd Each on his rock transfixt, the sport
and prey Of racking whirlwinds, or for ever sunk Under yon boyling Ocean, wrapt in Chains; There to converse with everlasting groans, Unrespited, unpitied, unrepreevd, Ages of hopeless end; this would be worse.
To the best archer a prize was to be awarded, being a bugle-horn, mounted with silver, and a silken baldric richly ornamented with a medallion of St Hubert, the patron of silvan sport
I am a good hand at every kind of athletic sport
known among mankind.
Rest assured that NEVER should I make sport
of your years or of your character.
I shall not sport
with your impatience, by reading what he says on that point.