From the Woods, on a roan horse, carbine across pommel, rode the young man with the quick black eyes.
He put the carbine away in its boot, mounted, and waited impatiently, balancing the shirt of apples on the pommel.
A bullet went through his hat, but he was unaware, though he did know when another tore through the apples on the pommel. And he winced and ducked even lower when a third bullet, fired low, struck a stone between his horse's legs and ricochetted off through the air, buzzing and humming like some incredible insect.
"Didst notice the night that he returned from the chambers of O-Mai and was boasting of his exploit, that when he would summon slaves to bring wine he reached for his dagger to strike the gong with its pommel
as is always his custom?
The rider was a stern-faced man, hard of mouth and dry of eye, with a heavy sword clanking at his side, and a stiff white bundle swathed in linen balanced across the pommel
of his saddle.
A carbine, strikingly foreshortened, lay across the pommel
of the saddle, kept in place by the right hand grasping it at the "grip"; the left hand, holding the bridle rein, was invisible.
Samad Mammadli reached the three finals in the floor, pommel
horse and all-around exercises.
Lee Chih-kai is leading the charge in the individual tally with gold in the men's pommel
horse, silver in the team and bronze in the all-around artistic gymnastics discipline.
Trumaine's fantastic performance on the pommel
horse on the Saturday had seen him qualify for the apparatus final on the Sunday morning, an incredible achievement as Trumaine was competing against boys up to four years older than himself.
He had a difficult pommel
horse which held down his all-around score, but it was still good enough for a third-place finish with a 53.95.
MAX Whitlock qualified in first place for the pommel
final at the European Gymnastics Championships in Szczecin.
He performed excellent floor and high bar routines, which both earned him 1st place, and a pommel
routine which placed him 3rd and he gained 3rd place overall.