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He hit him with a stone upon the elbow, and the reins, enriched with white ivory, fell from his hands into the dust.
As soon as they were at close quarters he let fly with his bronze spear over the reins and yoke, thinking to take Diomed's life, but Minerva caught the spear in her hand and made it fly harmlessly over the chariot.
Then he ran back to the shed pulling the playful young horse, who wanted to gambol all over the yard, by the rein.
Getting his right foot in the stirrup, he smoothed the double reins, as he always did, between his fingers, and Cord let go.
As though she did not know which foot to put first, Frou-Frou started, dragging at the reins with her long neck, and as though she were on springs, shaking her rider from side to side.
Frou-Frou started into a gallop, her left foot forward, made two bounds, and fretting at the tightened reins, passed into a jolting trot, bumping her rider up and down.
Then laughing in his quiet manner he released the reins and said--
repeated the old man, shaking his head a little contemptuously as he gave the rein to his horse, and allowed him to mingle with the steeds of the savages.
The moment my back is turned, pull upon the rein of your ass, until you lose sight of the savages.
Pickwick, and grasping the reins, prepared to remount.
Winkle had no sooner touched the reins, than he slipped them over his head, and darted backwards to their full length.
Pickwick was the very personation of kindness and humanity: he threw the reins on the horse's back, and having descended from his seat, carefully drew the chaise into the hedge, lest anything should come along the road, and stepped back to the assistance of his distressed companion, leaving Mr.