1 My comrades strip, and, slippery with oil, exercise their ancestral contests; glad to have got past so many Argive towns, and held on their flight through the encircling foe.
2 Thus far sped the sacred contests to their holy lord.
3 It originated in the simplicity of the Indian contests, in which, from the nature of the combats, and the density of the forests, fortresses were rare, and artillery next to useless.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore CooperContext Highlight In CHAPTER 15
4 In these three most dangerous contests the arms of Rome prevailed; but no ordinary valour was needed for their success.
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5 After this fourth encounter, there was a considerable pause; nor did it appear that any one was very desirous of renewing the contest.
6 When, however, the archers understood with whom they were to be matched, upwards of twenty withdrew themselves from the contest, unwilling to encounter the dishonour of almost certain defeat.
7 It was not, however, by clamour that the contest was to be decided, and the desperate efforts of the assailants were met by an equally vigorous defence on the part of the besieged.
8 Meantime the prisoners found no difficulty in making their escape into the anteroom, and from thence into the court of the castle, which was now the last scene of contest.
9 But when there was no question of contest, she was pining to be superior, to be one of the upper class.
10 She struggled and implored by turns until twelve o'clock had struck, and then, wearied and exhausted, ceased to contest the point any further.
11 The contest, however, was too unequal to last long.
12 I tell you, my friend, that if a detailed account of that silent contest could be written, it would take its place as the most brilliant bit of thrust-and-parry work in the history of detection.
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13 So firmly did he stand and so bitterly did he contest Sherman's desire to pass down the valley toward Atlanta that finally the Yankees drew back and took counsel with themselves.
14 At the same moment, Duncan found himself engaged with the other, in a similar contest of hand to hand.
15 Neither party had firearms, and the contest was to be decided in the deadliest manner, hand to hand, with weapons of offense, and none of defense.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore CooperContext Highlight In CHAPTER 12