Well, said the damsel, go ye into yonder barge and row your- self to the sword, and take it and the scabbard
with you, and I will ask my gift when I see my time.
"Never was such sword play seen since the day the first sword was drawn from the first scabbard
!" replied Roger de Leybourn.
He bowed his head behind his master, and without stirring held hilt up over his right shoulder a long blade in a silver scabbard
. He was there on duty, but without curiosity, and seemed weary, not with age, but with the possession of a burdensome secret of existence.
He held his sword drawn in his hand to defend himself, if I should happen to break loose; it was almost three inches long; the hilt and scabbard
were gold enriched with diamonds.
A goodly sword hung at his side, its scabbard
all embossed with tilting knights and weeping ladies.
Don Quixote took windmills for giants, and sheep for armies; D'Artagnan took every smile for an insult, and every look as a provocation--whence it resulted that from Tarbes to Meung his fist was constantly doubled, or his hand on the hilt of his sword; and yet the fist did not descend upon any jaw, nor did the sword issue from its scabbard
. It was not that the sight of the wretched pony did not excite numerous smiles on the countenances of passers-by; but as against the side of this pony rattled a sword of respectable length, and as over this sword gleamed an eye rather ferocious than haughty, these passers-by repressed their hilarity, or if hilarity prevailed over prudence, they endeavored to laugh only on one side, like the masks of the ancients.
At first sprouts out a kind of seed or capsula, of a shape not unlike the scabbard
of a scimitar, which they cut, and place a vessel under, to receive the liquor that drops from it; this drink is called soro, and is clear, pleasant, and nourishing.
Porthos turned around like a lion, plunged on the dismounted cavalier, who tried to draw his sword; but before it was out of the scabbard
, Porthos, with the hilt of his had struck him such a terrible blow on the head that he fell like an ox beneath the butcher's knife.
Gay was he, indeed, as Robin had said, and a fine figure he cut, for his doublet was of scarlet silk and his stockings also; a handsome sword hung by his side, the embossed leathern scabbard
being picked out with fine threads of gold; his cap was of scarlet velvet, and a broad feather hung down behind and back of one ear.
He saw the helmet of hammered brass and the corroded breastplate of steel and the long straight sword in its scabbard
and the ancient harquebus--mute testimonials to the mighty physique and the warlike spirit of him who had somehow won, thus illy caparisoned and pitifully armed, to the center of savage, ancient Africa; and he saw the slender English youth and the slight figure of the girl cast into the same fateful trap from which this giant of old had been unable to escape--cast there wounded and broken perhaps, if not killed.
Mousqueton had become so thin in two days that his clothes moved upon him like an ill- fitting scabbard
in which the sword-blade dances at each motion.
I'll hack you with my saber!" he shouted, actually drawing his saber from its scabbard
and flourishing it