The mare soon after my entrance rose from her mat
, and coming up close, after having nicely observed my hands and face, gave me a most contemptuous look; and turning to the horse, I heard the word YAHOO often repeated betwixt them; the meaning of which word I could not then comprehend, although it was the first I had learned to pronounce.
Reclining upon our mats
, we now held a kind of levee, giving audience to successive troops of the natives, who introduced themselves to us by pronouncing their respective names, and retired in high good humour on receiving ours in return.
When Lurgan was told the tale later, he mourned aloud that he could not have been in the place of the stubborn, inattentive coolies, who with grass mats
over their heads and the raindrops puddling in their footprints, waited on the wea- ther.
That room was very large, lighted from the top, and one wall of it was covered by trophies of arms of all sorts, a choice collection of cold steel disposed on a background of Indian mats
and rugs Blunt used it as a dressing- room.
These people came to see them without fail every year, usually at the capo d'anno, and of old her aunt used to make them some little present--her aunt and she together: small things that she, Miss Tita, made herself, like paper lampshades or mats
for the decanters of wine at dinner or those woolen things that in cold weather were worn on the wrists.
Rich furs and strange iridescent mats
from some Oriental bazaar were scattered upon the floor.
We visited the jail and found Moorish prisoners making mats
There was no furniture except the mats
they used as beds, and a rocking-chair, which stood on the verandah.
The former housekeeper, old Mavra Kuzminichna, had stepped out of the crowd by the gate, gone up to a cart with a hood constructed of bast mats
, and was speaking to a pale young officer who lay inside.
There are wonderful tidies on the chairs, and gay mats
on the floor, and books and cards carefully arranged on a round table, and vases of dried grass on the mantel-piece.
It was the largest house in the village, ambitiously ornamented with fancy-plaited mats
and king-posts carved into obscene and monstrous forms half-human and half-animal.
Narau, hiding among the women and the mats
, heard the impact of the blow and shuddered.