in good time, though, to his great delight, the three salt-sea warriors would rise and depart; to his credulous, fable-mongering ears, all their martial bones jingling in them at every step, like Moorish scimetars in scabbards
. But, though these barbarians dined in the cabin, and nominally lived there; still, being anything but sedentary in their habits, they were scarcely ever in it except at meal-times, and just before sleeping-time, when they passed through it to their own peculiar quarters.
The three horsemen made no reply, stopped not, and all that was heard was the noise of swords drawn from the scabbards
and the cocking of the pistols with which the two phantoms were armed.
Fifty swords flashed from fifty scabbards
as the men of the party saw the hostile appearance of their visitors, but before a blow could be struck Norman of Torn, grasping his sword in his right hand, raised his left aloft in a gesture for silence.
They thronged the narrow length of our schooner's decks with their ornamented and barbarous crowd, with the variegated colours of checkered sarongs, red turbans, white jackets, embroideries; with the gleam of scabbards
, gold rings, charms, armlets, lance blades, and jewelled handles of their weapons.
Behind him came a throng of officers, whose steel scabbards
clattered against the stones as they hastened down the court-yard.
The man with the candle now nodded, and the fourth man--he who had urged Grossmith to leave the wagon--produced from the pocket of his overcoat two long, murderous- looking bowie-knives, which he drew now from their leather scabbards
Gahan laid his hand upon the hilt of his sword and drew it slowly from its scabbard
that he might make no noise that would apprise the creature of his presence.
He stayed his hand on the silver hilt of his sword, and thrust it back into the scabbard
as Minerva bade him.
The scraping of the scabbard
against its holder as I withdrew it sounded like the filing of cast iron with a great rasp, and I looked to see the room immediately filled with alarmed and attacking guardsmen.
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.
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.
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.