The instant Haley touched the saddle, the mettlesome
creature bounded from the earth with a sudden spring, that threw his master sprawling, some feet off, on the soft, dry turf.
As soon as Rocinante found himself free, though by nature he was not at all mettlesome
, he seemed to feel lively and began pawing- for as to capering, begging his pardon, he knew not what it meant.
His hospitable invitation was joyfully accepted: he lingered but a moment, to give directions by which they might find his camp, and then, wheeling round, and giving the reins to his mettlesome
steed, was soon out of sight.
All through the afternoon boiler-plated knights on mettlesome
chargers had hurled themselves on each other's spears, to the vast contentment of all.
A judge of horses and a sportsman, he had lately procured himself a large, fine, mettlesome
, Donets horse, dun-colored, with light mane and tail, and when he rode it no one could outgallop him.
Yet, with it all, she was a wild thing, alert, suspicious of the lasso, nosing it in every man's hand, more curious about it than about aught else in the world; her quivering delight was to see it cast for her, her game to elude it; so mettlesome
was she that she loved it to be cast fair that she might escape as it was closing round her; she scorned, however her heart might be beating, to run from her pursuers; she took only the one step backward, which still left her near them but always out of reach; her head on high now, but her face as friendly, her manner as gracious as before, she is yours for the catching.
On the second day of her hunting, as she was returning from the chase, and was arrived within a little distance from Mr Western's house, her horse, whose mettlesome
spirit required a better rider, fell suddenly to prancing and capering in such a manner that she was in the most imminent peril of falling.
And there passed before his mind a whole series of these mettlesome
, vigorous, self- confident men, who always and everywhere drew his inquisitive attention in spite of himself.
Not so with Joe, who, being a mettlesome
fellow, returned the stranger's angry glance with a steady look, and rejoined: