This, too, was life, Bashti meditated, as he deftly rapped
the screaming puppy away from him.
Once more, with a quick blow, he rapped
Eric beside the head, and ere he could regain himself, Little John slipped his right hand down to his left and, with a swinging blow, smote the other so sorely upon the crown that down he fell as though he would never move again.
When all the Counselors and Courtiers had assembled--and these seemed to include most of the inhabitants of the kingdom--the King rapped
on the block for order and said:
"As soon as I rapped
at the door it was opened, and the keeper asked us quietly what we wanted.