When the old hunter landed and examined the thongs that were yet fast to the hounds, his countenance sensibly changed, and he shook his head doubtingly.
The knife was sharp, for the cut was smooth; the handle was long, for a man’s arm would not reach from this gash to the cut that did not go through the skin; he was a coward, or he would have cut the thongs around the necks of the hounds.
No doubt, ye are both young, and filled with the pride of your strength and manhood, and I dare say you thought it only needful to cut the thongs
, to leave you masters of the ground.
Each beast is harnessed, the weakest nearest to the driver, by his own separate trace, which runs under his left fore-leg to the main thong, where it is fastened by a sort of button and loop which can be slipped by a turn of the wrist, thus freeing one dog at a time.
So he was promoted to the long thong of the leading dog, running five feet in advance of all the others: it was his bounden duty to stop all fighting, in harness or out of it, and he wore a collar of copper wire, very thick and heavy.
The hovel was here remarkably neat, the posts and rafters being made of about a dozen dry thistle-stalks bound together with thongs
of hide; and by the support of these Ionic-like columns, the roof and sides were thatched with reeds.
They entangled him under a fresh system of thongs
and buckles; he allowed them to bind and buckle him.
Around its edge were scattered a number of leathern thongs
cut from iguanodon hide, and a large collapsed membrane which proved to be the dried and scraped stomach of one of the great fish lizards from the lake.
This was done after the Indian fashion, by drawing up the edges of the skin with thongs
, and keeping them distended by sticks or thwart pieces.
The cock-of-the-roost sits aloft like Jupiter on an unsharable seat, holding your fate between two thongs
of inconstant leather.
Meriones found a bow and quiver for Ulysses, and on his head he set a leathern helmet that was lined with a strong plaiting of leathern thongs
, while on the outside it was thickly studded with boar's teeth, well and skilfully set into it; next the head there was an inner lining of felt.
And so they bound his hands and feet with thongs
of gut and carried him into the hut where Lieutenant Harold Percy Smith-Oldwick awaited his fate.