Dominic's brawny arm would be seen describing deliberately an ample horizontal gesture, a dignified sweep, and Cesar would go over suddenly like a ninepin
- which was funny to see.
As I did so, the Thing rose straight at me in a leap, and I was knocked over like a ninepin
. It clutched at me with its crippled hand, and struck me in the face.
From the proportions of a mere point it advanced to the shape of a ninepin
, and was soon perceived to be a man in black, arriving from the direction of Flintcomb-Ash.
And there's no more benevolence bubbling out of him, than out of a ninepin
The old gentleman is merely shaken and has his internal feathers beaten up, the cushion is restored to its usual place beside him, and the old lady, perhaps with her cap adjusted and perhaps not, is planted in her chair again, ready to be bowled down like a ninepin
On every side the fighting-men of Bekwando went down like ninepins
- about half a dozen only sprang forward for a hand-to-hand fight, the remainder, with shrieks of despair, fled back to the shelter of the forest, and not one of them again ever showed a bold front to the white man.
Here was no commonplace, no Oakland Estuary, no weary round of throwing newspapers at front doors, delivering ice, and setting up ninepins
. All the world was mine, all its paths were under my feet, and John Barleycorn, tricking my fancy, enabled me to anticipate the life of adventure for which I yearned.
Yours mayn't; but I strongly suspect yours of being not Socialists, but ninepins
, which you have constructed for your own amusement.
There won't be no trains running along this line come many a week, and as for trees - why, it's as though some one had been playing ninepins
in Squire Fellowes's park.
The country through which the road meandered, was rich and beautiful; the weather very fine; and for many miles the Kaatskill mountains, where Rip Van Winkle and the ghostly Dutchmen played at ninepins
one memorable gusty afternoon, towered in the blue distance, like stately clouds.
Treat men as pawns and ninepins
and you shall suffer as well as they.
You all go over like ninepins
- one after the other.