Ajax then sprang forward and pierced the shield of Hector; the spear went through it and staggered him as he was springing forward to attack; it gashed
his neck and the blood came pouring from the wound, but even so Hector did not cease fighting; he gave ground, and with his brawny hand seized a stone, rugged and huge, that was lying upon the plain; with this he struck the shield of Ajax on the boss that was in its middle, so that the bronze rang again.
He had already, in spite of the rain, taken off his overcoat in order to do his delicate task, and so, as he fell, his knife gashed
not a living figure but was writhing in torture, not a dead one but was smeared with blood, gashed
with wounds, and distorted with the agonies that had taken away its life!
He looked with awe at the students of the corps, their cheeks gashed
and red, who swaggered about in their coloured caps.
The hinge gashed
his temple; and he was stretched out dead upon the spot.
The one forgot even his greed in the panic of terror--the other was plunged into total forgetfulness of the past by a jagged fragment of rock which gashed
a deep cut upon his head.