When Robin was a youth of eighteen, stout of sinew and bold of heart, the Sheriff of Nottingham proclaimed a shooting match and offered a prize of a butt of ale to whosoever should shoot the best shaft
As he sat speculating on the nature and uses of this strange passage and its terminal shaft
, the moon topped the opening above, letting a flood of soft, silvery light into the shadowy place.
"Lady," he said, "pray accept this little pledge from a poor stroller who would devote the best shafts
in his quiver to serve you."
``Sith it be no better,'' said Locksley, ``I am content to try my fortune; on condition that when I have shot two shafts
at yonder mark of Hubert's, he shall be bound to shoot one at that which I shall propose.''
"Whatever they're up to," answered Tom, "the time has come when we can dig at the place where we can hope for results." And the following day shafts
were started in the shadow of the mountain.
Again Nikita tugged at the shaft
on his side, and Vasili Andreevich did the same on the other.
horse swayed from side to side, moving his ears as if asking: "Isn't it time to begin now?" In front, already far ahead the deep bell of the sleigh ringing farther and farther off, the black horses driven by Zakhar could be clearly seen against the white snow.
Closer and closer to the black shaft
the ship sped.
It was the only vessel that stood in our way, but at the rate that it was traveling it would come between us and the shaft
in plenty of time to thwart our plans.
was drawn back its full length--my eye had centered its sharp point upon the left breast of my adversary; and then he launched his hatchet and I released my arrow.
In my right leg is a burning pain; and from the flesh, protruding head and shaft
from either side, is an arrow of the Fire-Man.
Seeing where the head of the monster was, the two men ventured a little further forward, and saw that the hidden mass at the base of the shaft
was composed of vast coils of the great serpent's body, forming a base from which the upright mass rose.