The attitude of the ruling classes to the laborers is that of aman who has felled his adversary to the earth and holds him down,not so much because he wants to hold him down, as because he knowsthat if he let him go, even for a second, he would himself bestabbed, for his adversary is infuriated and has a knife in hishand.
The image thus evoked is very vivid, and all the adversaries ofthe speaker felt themselves threatened by it.
Athos, who still suffered grievously from his wound, though it had been dressed anew by M. de Treville’s surgeon, was seated on a post and waiting for his adversary with hat in hand, his feather even touching the ground.
CHAPTER XXII A Marriage and Part of a Honeymoon Enemies the most obstinate and courageous can't hold out against starvation; so the elder Osborne felt himself pretty easy about his adversary in the encounter we have just described; and as soon as George's supplies fell short, confidently expected his unconditional submission.
02:023:022 But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries.
He freed his weapon, made a lunge, and touched his adversary on the shoulder.
Pike, the malingerer, leaped upon the crippled animal, breaking its neck with a quick flash of teeth and a jerk, Buck got a frothing adversary by the throat, and was sprayed with blood when his teeth sank through the jugular.
19:109:020 Let this be the reward of mine adversaries from the LORD, and of them that speak evil against my soul.
04:022:022 And God's anger was kindled because he went: and the angel of the LORD stood in the way for an adversary against him.