The wise man always throws himself on the side of his assailants. It is more his interest than it is theirs to find his weak point.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
...there had been no altercation; the assailant had come in so silently and suddenly, that she had been felled before she could look round.
Charles Dickens -- Great Expectations
Thomas looked past their assailants and was shocked to see that both gates leading into Denver were standing wide open and two people lay lifeless in the narrow alley leading to the city.
James Dashner -- The Death Cure
More arms pulled out, only to be replaced by new ones just as Mark and Alec swung the door out and slammed the edge against the assailants again.
James Dashner -- The Kill Order
Keeping the blade to my neck, my assailant pushed me against the outhouse wall and stepped around to face me.
Ransom Riggs -- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
The State’s primary evidence against Mr. Hinton involved a third crime where a witness identified him as the assailant.
Bryan Stevenson -- Just Mercy
Lucas Cantley’s wife Jessica almost died after being shot by an unknown assailant while playing croquet with my grandfather.
Michael Ondaatje -- Running in the Family
The trick with fighting multiple assailants is to avoid fighting them all at the same time.
Susan Ee -- Angelfall
Even some of my playmates became my assailants.
Leon Leyson -- The Boy on the Wooden Box
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I got to hear about rapes and gunshot wounds and hate crimes, people who knew their attackers, people who didn’t, people whose assailants were punished and those who weren’t.
Katja Millay -- The Sea of Tranquility
A classical face-to-face rape, however repellent, would at least permit the small gratification of knowing your assailant’s features, of making him know that you knew, quite aside from the chance it presented, through a grimace or a hot level stare or even tears, of registering something: hatred, fright, malediction, disgust, possibly just derision.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
Hearing my voice, the unseen assailant relaxed his grip.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
"Maybe it’s not her assailant she’s protecting."
Bella Forrest -- A Shade of Vampire
He pleads with his Silver assailant, begging.
Victoria Aveyard -- Red Queen
Her assailant wasn’t just trying to act out his nightmare but wanted to shame her as well.
James Patterson -- 1st to Die
He described his assailant in detail.
Sonia Nazario -- Enrique’s Journey
I get a glimpse of my assailant’s face.
Suzanne Collins -- Catching Fire
I wait, frozen, for the woods to come alive with assailants.
Suzanne Collins -- The Hunger Games
He hesitated one second, as if meaning to run; and in the next his assailant was upon him.
Upton Sinclair -- The Jungle
The assailant had said nothing when arrested.
Ayn Rand -- The Fountainhead
My assailant was unknown, unnamed, and in a car.
Wes Moore -- The Other Wes Moore
When the curator had finished speaking, his assailant smiled smugly.
Dan Brown -- The Da Vinci Code
But mostly because Ali was immune to the insults of his assailants; he had found his joy, his antidote, the moment Sanaubar had given birth to Hassan.
Khaled Hosseini -- The Kite Runner
Every night he could be heard whimpering mournfully and every morning they found him lying by the door, chin on his front paws, blinking up at his assailants with melancholy, unaccusing eyes.
Khaled Hosseini -- And The Mountains Echoed
If so, there was something in that note, some mistake, some error, that left a possible clue to the assailant.
Agatha Christie -- Murder On The Orient Express
Besides, there had been no altercation; the assailant had come in so silently and suddenly, that she had been felled before she could look round.
Charles Dickens -- Great Expectations
Two minutes from the time Curly went down, the last of her assailants were clubbed off.
Jack London -- The Call of the Wild
He looked about imploringly for help in defending his country’s future against the obnoxious calumnies of this sly and sinful assailant.
Joseph Heller -- Catch-22
The two eagles correspond to the two royal assailants.
Homer -- The Odyssey
Then the four guards entered, and all was confusion as Nasuada felt them drag her assailant off her.
Christopher Paolini -- Eldest
"Well, here we all are," said Phineas, peeping over the stone breast-work to watch the assailants, who were coming tumultuously up under the rocks.
Harriet Beecher Stowe -- Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Inexhaustible in the matter of grape-shot, they created explosions in their assailants’ midst.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
A more remarkable face in its quiet, resolute, and guarded struggle with an unseen assailant, was not to be beheld in all the wide dominions of sleep, that night.
Charles Dickens -- A Tale of Two Cities
At this slight repulse the assailants instantly withdrew, and gradually the place became as still as before the sudden tumult.
James Fenimore Cooper -- The Last of the Mohicans
In the next instant, he heard the dry crack of a gunshot, then three answering cracks in swift succession, like an angry hand slapping a sudden assailant.
Ayn Rand -- Atlas Shrugged
A modern assailant of optimism would arm himself with social pity.
Voltaire -- Candide
"Free, free!" the Savage shouted, and with one hand continued to throw the soma into the area while, with the other, he punched the indistinguishable faces of his assailants.
Aldous Huxley -- Brave New World
The Jew stepped back in this emergency, with more agility than could have been anticipated in a man of his apparent decrepitude; and, seizing up the pot, prepared to hurl it at his assailant’s head.
Charles Dickens -- Oliver Twist
At this unusual sound, a huge black dog came rushing to meet the daring assailant of his ordinarily tranquil abode, snarling and displaying his sharp white teeth with a determined hostility that abundantly proved how little he was accustomed to society.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
The ebb-tide, which had so cruelly delayed us, was now making reparation and delaying our assailants.
Robert Louis Stevenson -- Treasure Island
She was barely four foot eleven and did not look as though she could put up much resistance if he were an assailant who had forced his way into her apartment.
Stieg Larsson -- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
And the more time the bodyguard has, the better his ability to read the mind of any potential assailant.
Malcolm Gladwell -- Blink
"Not before I have killed you, poltroon!" cried d’Artagnan, making the best face possible, and never retreating one step before his three assailants, who continued to shower blows upon him.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Three Musketeers
With that concluding word, the whole assembly, exalting their pilgrim’s staves, rushed round me in a body; and I, having no weapon to raise in self-defence, commenced grappling with Joseph, my nearest and most ferocious assailant, for his.
Emily Bronte -- Wuthering Heights
It could honestly be said that he had stretched between himself and his assailants a network of electricity no one could clear with impunity.
Jules Verne -- Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
"If what you say is correct, then we have to assume that Missy’s assailant left it here on purpose."
William P. Young -- The Shack
The voice of her assailant was so horrible from spite and rage that it was almost a croak; but he, too, was saying something, and just as quickly and indistinctly, hurrying and spluttering.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky -- Crime and Punishment
Peterson had rushed forward to protect the stranger from his assailants; but the man, shocked at having broken the window, and seeing an official-looking person in uniform rushing towards him, dropped his goose, took to his heels, and vanished amid the labyrinth of small streets which lie at the back of Tottenham Court Road.
Arthur Conan Doyle -- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
In another moment a knee compressed his diaphragm, and a couple of eager hands gripped his throat, but the grip of one was weaker than the other; he grasped the wrists, heard a cry of pain from his assailant, and then the spade of the navvy came whirling through the air above him, and struck something with a dull thud.