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Brom Bones, however, was the hero of the scene, having come to the gathering on his favorite steed Daredevil, a creature, like himself, full of mettle and mischief, and which no one but himself could manage.
Absolutely," I said in a perfectly conventional tone, I was now on my mettle that she should not discover what there was humanly common in my nature.
The arrival of this unexpected heir soon taking wind in the court still makes good for the Sol and keeps the court upon its mettle.
Instead of offending my gentleman I had put him on his mettle, and for half an hour he honored me with the most exhaustive inquisition ever elicited from a medical man.
This author puts my credulity on its mettle every now and then.
But if no man in Nottingham dare win fourscore angels, I will send elsewhere, for there should be men of mettle somewhere in this land.
Then he told how none could be found in all Nottingham Town to serve this warrant, for fear of cracked pates and broken bones, and how that he, the messenger, was now upon his way to Lincoln Town to find of what mettle the Lincoln men might be.
But now that the foolish deed is done let us all prove our mettle and have a slashing good time.
Of course he made a point of partaking copiously of all the delectable messes that now appeared at table, for both the cooks were on their mettle, and he fared sumptuously every day.
I thought thou hadst been a lad of higher mettle than to give way to a parcel of maidenish tricks.
There are whiles," said he, "when ye are altogether too canny and Whiggish to be company for a gentleman like me; but there come other whiles when ye show yoursel' a mettle spark; and it's then, David, that I love ye like a brother.
BAGHDAD / NINA/ Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi said on Saturday that Iraq faces a dangerous and fierce enemy and the fighters must derive from loyalty to the homeland the determination to fight terrorism with high accuracy and mettle.