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Thus did he maintain the defensive, making his eye, foot, and hand keep true time, until, observing his antagonist to lose wind, he darted the staff at his face with his left hand; and, as the Miller endeavoured to parry the thrust, he slid his right hand down to his left, and with the full swing of the weapon struck his opponent on the left side of the head, who instantly measured his length upon the green sward.
Here he whirred the staff about his head by way of practice.
One of the staff called the attention of Than Kosis to the presence of my companion above them and the ruler motioned for him to descend.
Thus vice would be punished, virtue would prevail, and the staff of that department would live in peace together.
Meanwhile, the venerable stranger, staff in hand, was pursuing his solitary walk along the centre of the street.
Wickedness or not," said the traveller with the twisted staff, "I have a very general acquaintance here in New England.
Finally he was elected to a position on the staff, and his career was assured.
And thou pratest like a coward," answered the stranger, "for thou standest there with a good yew bow to shoot at my heart, while I have nought in my hand but a plain blackthorn staff wherewith to meet thee.
said a tall, grizzly-haired staff captain, with enormous mustaches and many wrinkles on his large features, to Rostov who was crimson with excitement.
He squatted down in the center of the room and a little brown donkey ran and brought a big gold crown which it placed on the monarch's head, and a golden staff with a jeweled ball at the end of it, which the King held between his front hoofs as he sat upright.
This city, where the first university of the United States was founded, is justly celebrated for its astronomical staff.
His disciples, however, presented him at his departure with a staff, on the golden handle of which a serpent twined round the sun.