The subject would become so big in his mind that he himself would be in danger of becom- ing
As a rule, the speech and behavior of these people were gracious and courtly; and I noticed that they were good and serious listeners when anybody was tell- ing
anything -- I mean in a dog-fightless interval.
I just expected there'd be somebody lay- ing
down in it, because people often done that to fool folks, and when a chap had pulled a skiff out most to it they'd raise up and laugh at him.
He presently halted under a great elm, blew an answer- ing
blast, and then began to tiptoe and look warily out, this way and that.
And, to cap the climax of their base ingratitude and fiendish barbarity, my grandmother, who was now very old, having outlived my old master and all his children, having seen the beginning and end of all of them, and her present owners finding she was of but little value, her frame already racked with the pains of old age, and complete helplessness fast stealing over her once active limbs, they took her to the woods, built her a little hut, put up a little mud-chimney, and then made her welcome to the privilege of support- ing
herself there in perfect loneliness; thus virtually turning her out to die
The respectable inhabitants of the place, men in golf and boating costumes, wives prettily dressed, were pack- ing
, river-side loafers energetically helping, children excited, and, for the most part, highly delighted at this astonishing variation of their Sunday experiences.
Staring once at the red eyes across the river, he conceived them to be grow- ing
larger, as the orbs of a row of dragons ad- vancing.
I felt I was producing a bad im- pression, but with my double down there it was most try- ing
to be on deck.
Wouldn't catch me going crazy over any of my youngsters clear- ing
I was looking down at the sounding-pole, and feel- ing
much annoyed to see at each try a little more of it stick out of that river, when I saw my poleman give up the business suddenly, and stretch himself flat on the deck, without even taking the trouble to haul his pole in.
Beyond the sea-wall there curves for miles in a vast and regular sweep the barren beach of shingle, with the village of Brenzett standing out darkly across the water, a spire in a clump of trees; and still further out the perpendicular column of a lighthouse, look- ing
in the distance no bigger than a lead pencil, marks the vanishing-point of the land.
On one or two occasions when passing under stern I had de tected from my boat a round arm in the act of tilt ing
a watering pot, and the bowed sleek head of a maiden whom I shall always call Hermann's niece, because as a matter of fact I've never heard her name, for all my intimacy with the family.