Three times he struck the shield with the haft and three times with the blade of his spear.
From one sheath a haft of gold projected and from the other one of silver.
Thus arose the "haft qir,at," or seven readings of the Qurn, now recognised.
There it had been when the haft slipped from his hands, and there had it remained.
As it struck, the haft flew from the spear and ...