A groan, stifled by the grasp of Porthos, was all the reply of poor Blaisois, for the giant, taking him neck and heels, plunged him into the water headforemost
, pushing him out of the window as if he had been a plank.
You have been drinking rum; you have had a stroke, precisely as I told you; and I have just, very much against my own will, dragged you headforemost
out of the grave.
Weaker and weaker became the struggles of them all, when a sudden misstep sent Bulan stumbling headforemost
against the stem of a tree, where, stunned, he sank unconscious, at the mercy of the relentless bulls.
I could not resist the ludicrousness of the spectacle, and holding my sides I rocked back and forth in the first laughter which had passed my lips in many days; the first, in fact, since the morning Powell had left camp when his horse, long unused, had precipitately and unexpectedly bucked him off headforemost
into a pot of frijoles.
With a convulsive shudder the thing stiffened, the jaws relaxed, dropping me to the ground, and then, careening once in mid air, the creature plunged headforemost
to the road, full upon Woola, who still clung tenaciously to its gory head.
And so I raced on toward the trees intending to pass beneath that which held the man-things and take refuge in another farther on; but the wolf-dogs were very close behind me--so close that I had despaired of escaping them, when one of the creatures in the tree above swung down headforemost
, his tail looped about a great limb, and grasping me beneath my armpits swung me in safety up among his fellows.
He cast a single affrighted glance in my direction--never before, of course, had he heard the report of a firearm--and with a howl of dismay he, too, turned and plunged headforemost