Here, to witness the scene which we are describing, sat Governor Bellingham himself with four sergeants about his chair, bearing halberds
, as a guard of honour.
At this point they saw approaching the spot where they stood a man on foot, proceeding at a rapid pace, and beating a mule loaded with lances and halberds
Then his keen hunting-knife flew forth and in a trice, Stout Will, Lester, and merry John were free men and had sprung forward and seized the halberds
from the nearest soldiers guarding the gallows.
Then the handles of the halberds
were let fall upon the heads and shoulders of the rash invaders; at times, also, it was the steel as well as the wood, and, in that case, a large empty circle was formed around the guard; a space conquered upon the extremities, which underwent, in their turn the oppression of the sudden movement, which drove them against the parapets of the Seine.
There was nothing, however, about Quasimodo, except his deformity, which could justify the display of halberds
and arquebuses; he was gloomy, silent, and tranquil.
On either side of them walked the yeomen of the guard, the bright sunlight flashing from the polished blades of the steel halberds
At this moment they saw across the banister of the staircase the points of the halberds
of the soldiers rising.
A young and beautiful woman darted from the crowd, and caring not for the soldiers who surrounded him, unafraid of their swords and halberds
, she reached the old man's side, and threw herself sobbing on his breast.
And when he looked across at the wall where the mortar had fallen out, he could sit and find out there the strangest figures imaginable; exactly as the street had appeared before, with steps, projecting windows, and pointed gables; he could see soldiers with halberds
, and spouts where the water ran, like dragons and serpents.
I carried also a hundred spare arms, muskets, and fusees; besides some pistols, a considerable quantity of shot of all sizes, three or four tons of lead, and two pieces of brass cannon; and, because I knew not what time and what extremities I was providing for, I carried a hundred barrels of powder, besides swords, cutlasses, and the iron part of some pikes and halberds
There was an exchange of bugle blasts; then a parley from the walls, where men-at-arms, in hauberk and morion, marched back and forth with halberd
at shoulder under flapping banners with the rude figure of a dragon displayed upon them; and then the great gates were flung open, the drawbridge was lowered, and the head of the cavalcade swept forward under the frowning arches; and we, following, soon found ourselves in a great paved court, with towers and turrets stretching up into the blue air on all the four sides; and all about us the dismount was going on, and much greeting and ceremony, and running to and fro, and a gay display of moving and intermingling colors, and an altogether pleasant stir and noise and confusion.
And with that he made his heavy halberd
to play around his head as a shepherd boy flourishes his light crook.