Lastly, in lieu of these shifting scenes, came back the rude market-place of the Puritan, settlement, with all the townspeople assembled, and levelling their stern regards at Hester Prynne -- yes, at herself -- who stood on the scaffold of the pillory, an infant on her arm, and the letter A, in scarlet, fantastically embroidered with gold thread
, upon her bosom
Had his wife been a whole woman, she might yet have done something--as woman can--to mend the broken threads
of life, and weave again into a tissue of brightness.
In a safe place Tom examined two large needles which were thrust into the lapels of his jacket, and had thread
bound about them -- one needle carried white thread
and the other black.
She made hard work of sewing, broke the thread
, dropped her thimble into the syringa bushes, pricked her finger, wiped the perspiration from her forehead, could not match the checks, puckered the seams.
She was the golden thread
that united him to a Past beyond his misery, and to a Present beyond his misery: and the sound of her voice, the light of her face, the touch of her hand, had a strong beneficial influence with him almost always.
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.
I was diverted with none so much as that of the rope-dancers, performed upon a slender white thread
, extended about two feet, and twelve inches from the ground.
He longed to see the curious table-napkins wrought for the Priest of the Sun, on which were displayed all the dainties and viands that could be wanted for a feast; the mortuary cloth of King Chilperic, with its three hundred golden bees; the fantastic robes that excited the indignation of the Bishop of Pontus and were figured with "lions, panthers, bears, dogs, forests, rocks, hunters--all, in fact, that a painter can copy from nature"; and the coat that Charles of Orleans once wore, on the sleeves of which were embroidered the verses of a song beginning "Madame, je suis tout joyeux," the musical accompaniment of the words being wrought in gold thread
, and each note, of square shape in those days, formed with four pearls.
With a great crowd of select followers, amongst whom were both the worthy statesmen who had already been there before, he went to the cunning impostors, who were now weaving with all their might, but without fibre or thread
An electric thread
puts it in communication with the screw, and the needle indicates the real speed.
Like the Odyssey, it has a double thread
of plot, and also an opposite catastrophe for the good and for the bad.
I entered through the convent gate: The abbot bade me welcome there, And in the court of silent dreams I lost the thread
of worldly care.