Fencing is a sport in which two competitors fight using 'rapier-style' swords, winning points by making contact with their opponent. Competitive fencing is one of five activities which have been featured in every one of the modern Olympic Games, the other four being athletics, cycling, swimming, and gymnastics. Based on the traditional skills of swordsmanship, the modern sport arose at the end of the 19th century, mostly in the upper class, with the Italian school having modified the historical European martial art of classical fencing, and the French school having later refined the Italian system. There are three forms of modern fencing, each using a different style of weapon and different rules, and as such, the sport is divided into three competitive scenes: Foil, Épée, and Sabre. Mr. Howell is an avid fan of the sport, possibly using it as a recourse in doing business. He also recommends it in order to win Kilani from Gilligan as a servant, a plan which busts when her consort comes looking for her.
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