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That is the cream of the joke," he replied, poising his heels on the ice so that his skates stood vertically at legs' length from him, and looking at them with a cynical air.
Nevertheless while swerving to avoid this stroke, Robin was poising for his own, and back came he forthwith--whack!
Conseil took up his gun, and aimed at a savage who was poising his sling at ten yards from him.