Some called for ladders, some for sledge-hammers; some ran with torches to and fro as if to seek them, and still came back and roared again; some spent their breath in impotent curses and execrations; some pressed forward with the ecstasy of madmen, and thus impeded the progress of those below; some among the boldest
attempted to climb up by the water-spout and crevices in the wall; and all waved to and fro, in the darkness beneath, like a field of corn moved by an angry wind: and joined from time to time in one loud furious roar.
I had now fastened all the hooks, and, taking the knot in my hand, began to pull; but not a ship would stir, for they were all too fast held by their anchors, so that the boldest
part of my enterprise remained.
As soon as he had finished his horrible repast he lay down to sleep as before, and when we heard him begin to snore I, and nine of the boldest
of my comrades, rose softly, and took each a spit, which we made red-hot in the fire, and then at a given signal we plunged it with one accord into the giant's eye, completely blinding him.
With a cry of triumph, the people gave their sanction to one of the boldest
exploits which our history records.
Hence, the Indian is often less fierce and reckless in general battle, than he is in a private brawl; and the chiefs are checked in their boldest
undertakings by the fear of sacrificing their warriors.
The usage they have in every case received from the natives has been such as to intimidate the boldest
of their number.
But the flow of this fugitive sympathy, characteristic of Parisians, was dried immediately; for as soon as the stranger saw himself the object of attention, he looked at his observer with so savage an air that the boldest
lounger hurried his step as though he had trod upon a serpent.
"They've not left off work yet," answered one of the boldest
. "They'll be here by and by.
Here at Carli, next morning, half-way through the grass-lands, the boat's-crews were left, and with them the horde of Binu men, the boldest
of which held on for a bare mile and then ran scampering back.
They rose high on her forehead; they projected on her cheeks; and they reached their boldest
development in her jaws.
This occasioned their observing that the house was still close shut, as the housekeeper had said she had left it on the previous night, and led to a great many suggestions: which terminated in two or three of the boldest
getting round to the back, and so entering by a window, while the others remained outside, in impatient expectation.
There, in the market-place, some of the boldest
of the boys used to tie their sledges to the carts as they passed by, and so they were pulled along, and got a good ride.