Bless you, child, when you set out to thread
a needle don't hold the thread
still and fetch the needle up to it; hold the needle still and poke the thread
at it; that's the way a woman most always does, but a man always does t'other way.
On another occasion (25th) under similar circumstances, I repeatedly observed the same kind of small spider, either when placed or having crawled on some little eminence, elevate its abdomen, send forth a thread
, and then sail away horizontally, but with a rapidity which was quite unaccountable.
The emperor lays on the table three fine silken threads
of six inches long; one is blue, the other red, and the third green.
Accompanied by a select number of officers of the court, among whom were the two honest men who had already admired the cloth, he went to the crafty impostors, who, as soon as they were aware of the Emperor's approach, went on working more diligently than ever; although they still did not pass a single thread
through the looms.
They pretended they were taking the cloth from the loom, cut with huge scissors in the air, sewed with needles without thread
, and then said at last, 'Now the clothes are finished
This one, the diameter of which is nineteen feet, and the thread
twenty-three feet, performs about 120 revolutions in a second.
But Gringoire had lost the thread
of his ideas, nevertheless.
I have a needle, Sir, in my basket, and thread
And again he twisted the screw with the stripped thread
, and again it turned uselessly in the same place.
As such a weary ship in the calmest cove, so do I also now repose, nigh to the earth, faithful, trusting, waiting, bound to it with the lightest threads
The shepherd himself, though he had good reason to believe that the bag held nothing but flaxen thread
, or else the long rolls of strong linen spun from that thread
, was not quite sure that this trade of weaving, indispensable though it was, could be carried on entirely without the help of the Evil One.
Each of them threaded
her needle with a short end of thread
attached to the work, which was instantly pulled by an invisible force through the stuff, dragging the needle after it: the nimble fingers of the little sempstress caught it at the other side, but only to lose it again the next moment.