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
. Again he whizzed in a blow which made the spectators hold their breath, and again Alleyne very quickly and swiftly slipped from under it, and sent back two lightning thrusts which the other could scarce parry.
It is not indeed silver-hilted, which, as you say, doth not become a soldier; but the handle is decent enough, and the blade
one of the best in Europe.
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.
Think you, Tars Tarkas, that John Carter will fly at the first shriek of a cowardly foe who dare not come out into the open and face a good blade
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?