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He might have taken to the higher branches of the trees upon the opposite side, for Sheeta cannot climb to the heights to which the ape-man can go; but something, a spirit of bravado perhaps, prompted him to approach the panther as though to discover if any feeling of gratitude would prompt the beast to friendliness.
All I can particularly recall is that I laughed, though neither from a spirit of bravado nor from hysteria.
Rokoff assumed a truculent air, attempting by bravado to show how little he feared Tarzan's threats.
In a moment it was hand-to-hand fighting, and Trent was cursing already the bravado which had brought him out to the open.
Excitement, necessity, necessities of their social standing, bravado, cheap heroism--any one of these.
Cornelius, without showing any weakness, but likewise without any bravado, received them rather as friends than as persecutors, and quietly submitted to all those preparations which these men were obliged to make in performance of their duty.
Most awed of all were Joan and Sheldon, but, being whites, they were not supposed to be subject to such commonplace emotions, and their task was to carry the situation off with careless bravado as befitted "big fella marsters" of the dominant breed.
You are not to forget the nature of this man's act; it is not permitted to you to think of it as an instance of bravado, nor, on the other hand, a needless sacrifice of self.
Dunster was obviously plentifully supplied with either courage or bravado, for he only laughed.