I was in full career, when I heard the cough right overhead, and jumping back and looking up, beheld a man's head in a tall nightcap, and the bell mouth of a blunderbuss, at one of the first-storey windows.
"From whom is it?" asked the man with the blunderbuss.
I stood by for an instant, glorying in the thought that he could not hear me; the next, I saw what it was he was reaching up for - a bell-mouthed blunderbuss
- and I knew the little devil for the impostor that he was.
One of the conductors of this novice held a rusty blunderbuss
pointed towards his ear, and the other a very ancient sabre, with which he carved imaginary offenders as he came along in a sanguinary and anatomical manner.
We possessed every known engine, from the harpoon thrown by the hand to the barbed arrows of the blunderbuss
, and the explosive balls of the duck-gun.
"I ask your honour's pardon," cries Partridge; "I spoke on your account more than my own; for as to me, Heaven knows my circumstances are bad enough, and I am so far from being afraid, that I value a pistol, or a blunderbuss
, or any such thing, no more than a pop-gun.
and two swords hung above the chimney-piece, for the terror of evil- doers, but the blunderbuss
was rusty and shattered, and the swords were broken and edgeless.
The walls were decorated with several hunting-whips, two or three bridles, a saddle, and an old rusty blunderbuss
, with an inscription below it, intimating that it was 'Loaded'--as it had been, on the same authority, for half a century at least.
"Oh, dear, what a blunderbuss
I am!" exclaimed Jo, finishing Meg's glove by scrubbing her gown with it.
But Conkey was quick, too; for he fired a blunderbuss
arter him, and roused the neighbourhood.
These dropping shots from the blunderbusses
of blunderheadedness might not have hit him in a vital place.
"My dear fellow," said Albert, turning to Franz, "here is an admirable adventure; we will fill our carriage with pistols, blunderbusses
, and double-barrelled guns.