It becomes our disagreeable duty to record here, that the acts of Benjamin now became violent; for he darted his sledge-hammer
violently on the anvil of Mr.
His smashing, sledge-hammer
manner of attack invariably made them forget themselves.
Then was Little John right mad, and he brought down his huge fist on the door-panel with a sledge-hammer
blow that shivered an opening you could thrust your hand into.
At length, obliged to beat a retreat before superior numbers, they formed an intrenchment behind the large table, which they raised by main force; whilst the two others, arming themselves each with a trestle, and using it like a great sledge-hammer
, knocked down at a blow eight sailors upon whose heads they had brought their monstrous catapult in play.
On this, every one of the miscreants, emboldened by his fall, wanted to fire his gun at him, or strike him with blows of the sledge-hammer
, or stab him with a knife or swords, every one wanted to draw a drop of blood from the fallen hero, and tear off a shred from his garments.
And in front of him, ticking like a sledge-hammer
, its only hand upon the stroke of twelve, stood a simple, old-fashioned, grandfather's clock--but not for half an instant longer--only until my guide could hurl himself upon it and send the whole thing crashing into the corner.
Old swords, and pistols without ball or powder; sledge-hammers
, knives, axes, saws, and weapons pillaged from the butchers' shops; a forest of iron bars and wooden clubs; long ladders for scaling the walls, each carried on the shoulders of a dozen men; lighted torches; tow smeared with pitch, and tar, and brimstone; staves roughly plucked from fence and paling; and even crutches taken from crippled beggars in the streets; composed their arms.
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.
The pulses in my temples beat like sledge-hammers
, and I believe I would have had a fit of some sort if the blood had not gushed from my nose and relieved me.
It is not to be conceived, before-hand, what wonderful wind-instruments are these old timber mansions, and how haunted with the strangest noises, which immediately begin to sing, and sigh, and sob, and shriek,--and to smite with sledge-hammers
, airy but ponderous, in some distant chamber, --and to tread along the entries as with stately footsteps, and rustle up and down the staircase, as with silks miraculously stiff,--whenever the gale catches the house with a window open, and gets fairly into it.
He survived a stunning knockdown in the first, a busted nose in the fifth, and a sledge-hammer
punch to the solar plexus in the 10th.
One man lay on his back With a slab placed on his chest, And his mate would hit it with a sledge-hammer
, I think you know the rest.