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  • He stooped and picked up the weapon -- an elegant instrument well adorned with silver on the hilt and sheath; caught it at the point, and, leaning the hilt upon his left wrist in the manner of the courtier slightly exaggerated, and true to the delicacies of the _salle-d'armes_, proffered it to the owner.

    Doom Castle

  • These heroes of the salle-d'armes have not the commonest manners.

    The Newcomes


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  • Prowess and grace of the invulnerable

    Courteous horseman, the silk-shirted fencer

    Far from the salle-d'armes, scraping and ringing:

    —Robert Fitzgerald, 'Adulescentia'

    March 23, 2009