The two armies bivouacked on their ground, and in Aspern the French and Austrians lay within pistol shot of each other.
In 1869 an Irish lad, O'Connor, was sentenced to eighteen months' imprisonment and a whipping for presenting a pistol at the queen, with a petition, in St James's Park; but this time it was the queen herself who privately remitted the corporal punishment, and she even pushed clemency to the length of sending her aggressor to Australia at her own expense.
He held the pistol in his right hand at arm's length, apparently afraid of shooting himself with it.
Robespierre, whose jaw had been shattered by a pistol shot, was left in agony for the night.
He took the pistol in his hand and began asking about the working of the trigger, as he had not before held a pistol in his hand--a fact that he did not wish to confess.
Makar Alexeevich, frowning with exertion, held on to the pistol and screamed hoarsely, evidently with some heroic fancy in his head.
Just when Pierre snatched at and struck up the pistol Makar Alexeevich at last got his fingers on the trigger, there was a deafening report, and all were enveloped in a cloud of smoke.
He seized his pistol and, instead of firing it, flung it at the Frenchman and ran with all his might toward the bushes.
From the study, like pistol shots, came the frequent sound of the old man angrily blowing his nose.
But Berezowski's pistol shot, which accentuated the estrangement from the tsar, and the news of the death of Maximilian at Queretaro, cast a gloom over the later fetes.