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The Prince listened to her words meekly, and when she had finished took up the glass axe and set out for the forest.
But no sooner had he struck the first blow with his axe than it broke into a thousand pieces against the tree.
The girl's words so inspired the Prince with confidence that he told her all his tale of woe, and ended up by asking her advice as to how he was to escape the punishment the Fairy would be sure to inflict on him when she discovered that he had not cut down the trees in the wood and that he had broken her axe.
I have been holding that axe in the air ever since I rusted, and I'm glad to be able to put it down at last.
So the Tin Woodman shouldered his axe and they all passed through the forest until they came to the road that was paved with yellow brick.
He laid the axe on the ground near the dead body and felt at once in her pocket (trying to avoid the streaming body)--the same right-hand pocket from which she had taken the key on his last visit.
Suddenly he jumped up, seized the axe and ran out of the bedroom.
Thus, on a certain night, they set out to fall upon the kraals of the People of the Axe, where dwelt the chief Jikiza, who was named the Unconquered, and owned the axe Groan- Maker, but when they neared the kraal the wolves turned back and fled.
But no; with a quick upward movement of the left arm Sir Henry interposed his shield between himself and the axe, with the result that its outer edge was shorn away, the axe falling on his left shoulder, but not heavily enough to do any serious damage.
Once more Twala came on, and as he came our great Englishman gathered himself together, and swinging the big axe round his head with both hands, hit at him with all his force.
The girls, who had expected no resistance whatever, were terrified by the sweep of the glittering axe and fled screaming into the city; so that our travelers passed the gates in safety and marched down the green marble pavement of the wide street toward the royal palace.
Nothing can resist your kind heart and your sharp axe.