He said he had carried it for years; and since he had done so, he had never received a blow
, and never expected to while he carried it.
The masterly horsemanship of the Disinherited Knight, and the activity of the noble animal which he mounted, enabled him for a few minutes to keep at sword's point his three antagonists, turning and wheeling with the agility of a hawk upon the wing, keeping his enemies as far separate as he could, and rushing now against the one, now against the other, dealing sweeping blows
with his sword, without waiting to receive those which were aimed at him in return.
In his haste he jostled against the hunchback, who fell heavily upon him, and the merchant, thinking he was being attacked by a thief, knocked him down with one blow
of his fist.
Well was it for Robin that he was quick and nimble of foot; for the blow
that grazed a hair's breadth from his shoulder would have felled an ox.
He could feel the onward swing of the regiment about him and he conceived of a thun- derous, crushing blow
that would prostrate the resistance and spread consternation and amaze- ment for miles.
Ay, and if it blows
only a little harder things will begin to go.
The loss of the Tonquin was a grievous blow
to the infant establishment of Astoria, and one that threatened to bring after it a train of disasters.
Impelled by the blows
that rained upon him, now from this side, now from that, White Fang swung back and forth like an erratic and jerky pendulum.
Both men were clutching each other in a tense embrace; no blows
were being struck at all.
It was as if the devil was in him, for he sprang here and sprang there, now thrusting and now cutting, catching blows
on his shield, turning them with his blade, stooping under the swing of an axe, springing over the sweep of a sword, so swift and so erratic that the man who braced himself for a blow
at him might find him six paces off ere he could bring it down.
But when they described the brutal blows
he had rained on poor Patsy's face, and the chair he demolished when he vainly attempted to kick Patsy, Watson waxed secretly hilarious and at the same time sad.
Taking out two long, sharp knives, they struck two heavy blows
on the Marionette's back.