As they advanced to meet one another I saw for the first time a trick of Martian swordsmanship which centered Kantos Kan's every hope of victory and life on one cast of the dice, for, as he came to within about twenty feet of the huge fellow he threw his sword arm
far behind him over his shoulder and with a mighty sweep hurled his weapon point foremost at the green warrior.
Together they launched themselves upon me, and though I ran one of them through the heart on the instant, the other fastened its gleaming fangs about my sword arm
above the elbow, and then with her sharp talons commenced to rake me about the body, evidently intent upon disemboweling me.
"The best sword arm
in all Christendom needs no other logic than the sword, I should think," said Brus, returning to his work.
For an instant the blacks pressed close to reach me with their shorter swords, but presently they gave back, and the esteem in which they suddenly had learned to hold my sword arm
was writ large upon each countenance.
Come but within reach of my sword arm
, and, friar or no friar, I'll shave your tonsure closer than ever bald-pated monk was shaven before!"
And the sword arm
! Ah, the subtleness of it, and the speed!
He leaped back and forth, snapping at my legs and harness, until I thought that he was mad, and finally when I pushed him from me and started once more to ascend he grasped my sword arm
between his jaws and dragged me back.
Seeing that his strength was going from him, Robin leaped forward, and, quick as a flash, struck a back-handed blow beneath the sword arm
. Down fell the sword from Guy of Gisbourne's grasp, and back he staggered at the stroke, and, ere he could regain himself, Robin's sword passed through and through his body.
Forgetful of everything other than that a weak and defenseless man was being brutally murdered before her eyes, the girl cast aside discretion and, rushing to Smith-Oldwick's assistance, seized the uplifted sword arm
of the shrieking creature upon the prostrate Englishman.
Right and left with the quickness of thought the heavy lash fell upon heads, shoulders and sword arms
. There was no chance to wield a blade in the face of that terrific onslaught, for the whip fell, not with the ordinary force of a man-held lash, but with all the stupendous power of those giant shoulders and arms behind it.
Holding our dinner knives in the right hand is a continuation of our sword arm
, held in the right, while the fork which does the job of conveying the nosh from plate to gob is held in the left hand.