He said in reply that they spoke the truth in every respect except as to the dagger, for it was not a dagger, nor little, but a burnished poniard sharper than an awl."
"That poniard must have been made by Ramon de Hoces the Sevillian," said Sancho.
Nevertheless, I cannot help thinking that if we would put an improved breed of polliwogs in our drinking water, construct shallower roadways, groom the street cows, offer the stranger within our gates a free choice between the poniard
and the potion, and relinquish our private system of morals, the other measures of public safety would be needless."
She bounded from one end of the tiny room to the other, stooped down, and raised herself again, with a little poniard in her hand, before Gringoire had even had time to see whence the poniard came; proud and angry, with swelling lips and inflated nostrils, her cheeks as red as an api apple,* and her eyes darting lightnings.
She made her disdainful little grimace, drew up her head like a bird, then burst out laughing, and the tiny poniard disappeared as it had come, without Gringoire being able to see where the wasp concealed its sting.
And she flew to a little inlaid casket which stood upon the dressing table, opened it with a feverish and trembling band, drew from it a small poniard
, with a golden haft and a sharp thin blade, and then threw herself with a bound upon D'Artagnan.
Athos, as if in opposition to what Monk had done, unfastened his poniard
, which he placed upon the table; unhooked his sword-belt, which he laid close to his poniard
; and, without affectation, opening his doublet as if to look for his handkerchief, showed beneath his fine cambric shirt his naked breast, without weapons either offensive or defensive.
The East Wind, an interloper in the dominions of Westerly weather, is an impassive- faced tyrant with a sharp poniard
held behind his back for a treacherous stab.
`If he send me his poniard
, it will signify that the emperor's intentions are not favorable, and I am to set fire to the powder; if, on the contrary, he send me his ring, it will be a sign that the emperor pardons him, and I am to extinguish the match and leave the magazine untouched.' -- `My friend,' said my mother, `when your master's orders arrive, if it is the poniard
which he sends, instead of despatching us by that horrible death which we both so much dread, you will mercifully kill us with this same poniard
, will you not?' --
slowly it floats more and more away, the water round it torn and splashed by the insatiate sharks, and the air above vexed with rapacious flights of screaming fowls, whose beaks are like so many insulting poniards
in the whale.
, a knotted rope and a poire d'angoisse."*
The attendants of the Abbot crossed themselves, with looks of pious horror, and the very heathen Saracens, as Isaac drew near them, curled up their whiskers with indignation, and laid their hands on their poniards
, as if ready to rid themselves by the most desperate means from the apprehended contamination of his nearer approach.