For an instant Tantor, the elephant, paused with upraised trunk and tail, with great ears up-pricked, and then he swung on along the trail at a rapid, shuffling pace--straight toward the covered pit with its sharpened stakes
upstanding in the ground.
It so happened, then, that Rocinante took a fancy to disport himself with their ladyships the ponies, and abandoning his usual gait and demeanour as he scented them, he, without asking leave of his master, got up a briskish little trot and hastened to make known his wishes to them; they, however, it seemed, preferred their pasture to him, and received him with their heels and teeth to such effect that they soon broke his girths and left him naked without a saddle to cover him; but what must have been worse to him was that the carriers, seeing the violence he was offering to their mares, came running up armed with stakes
, and so belaboured him that they brought him sorely battered to the ground.
Tarzan of the Apes and Lieutenant Harold Percy SmithOldwick were bound securely to their respective stakes
. Neither had spoken for some time.
Come, Trent, what stake
will you have me set up against that other tumblerful of brandy."
Vasili Andreevich did as he had said, and having gone about half a verst came to a tall oak stake
which had a few dry leaves still dangling on it, and there he turned to the left.
The croupiers who sat at the two ends of it had not only to watch the stakes
, but also to calculate the game--an immense amount of work for two men!
It proved of excellent advantage to me now, that when I was a boy, I used to take great delight in standing at a basket-maker's, in the town where my father lived, to see them make their wicker-ware; and being, as boys usually are, very officious to help, and a great observer of the manner in which they worked those things, and sometimes lending a hand, I had by these means full knowledge of the methods of it, and I wanted nothing but the materials, when it came into my mind that the twigs of that tree from whence I cut my stakes
that grew might possibly be as tough as the sallows, willows, and osiers in England, and I resolved to try.
First he took out a soldering iron and some plumbing solder, and then small oil lamp, which gave out, when lit in a corner of the tomb, gas which burned at a fierce heat with a blue flame, then his operating knives, which he placed to hand, and last a round wooden stake
, some two and a half or three inches thick and about three feet long.
The tribe, under the influence of an indescribable terror, disappeared little by little in the huts, and there was complete solitude around the stake
. The doctor had, therefore, been right in counting upon the fantastic appearance of the balloon throwing out rays, as vivid as the sun's, through this intense gloom.
Now he was to be the central figure, bound to the stake
You-all think gold-hunting is the only way to make a stake
. But let me tell you-all that when the big strike sure does come, you-all'll do a little surface-scratchin' and muck-raking, but danged little you-all'll have to show for it.
And strange to say Nicholas felt that he could not help taking up a card, putting a small stake
on it, and beginning to play.