A compendium of Flashman quotes, that was produced one damned entry at a time.
Wednesday, 9 March 2011
Ply the Maltese Cross
There were four new swords against us, and as the Mongol reeled I could only ply the Maltese Cross for my very life (that’s the Afghan’s last resort, an up-down-across pattern that no opponent can get by until you fall down exhausted, which happens after about ten seconds, in my condition).
Flashman and the Dragon, p.256, Fontana Paperback edition, 1986.