Why should he toil and moil, and be at so much trouble to pick himself up out of the mud
, when, in a little while hence, the strong arm of his Uncle will raise and support him?
In these pools the children played, and rolled about in the mud
of the streets; here and there one noticed them digging in it, after trophies which they had stumbled on.
The senator despairingly steps out, picking gingerly for some firm foothold; down goes one foot an immeasurable depth,--he tries to pull it up, loses his balance, and tumbles over into the mud
, and is fished out, in a very despairing condition, by Cudjoe.
All the streets and lanes was just mud
; they warn't nothing else BUT mud
as black as tar and nigh about a foot deep in some places, and two or three inches deep in ALL the places.
He walked up hill in the mire by the side of the mail, as the rest of the passengers did; not because they had the least relish for walking exercise, under the circumstances, but because the hill, and the harness, and the mud
, and the mail, were all so heavy, that the horses had three times already come to a stop, besides once drawing the coach across the road, with the mutinous intent of taking it back to Blackheath.
For, now, the last of the fleet of ships was round the last low point we had headed; and the last green barge, straw-laden, with a brown sail, had followed; and some ballast-lighters, shaped like a child's first rude imitation of a boat, lay low in the mud
; and a little squat shoal-lighthouse on open piles, stood crippled in the mud
on stilts and crutches; and slimy stakes stuck out of the mud
, and slimy stones stuck out of the mud
, and red landmarks and tidemarks stuck out of the mud
, and an old landing-stage and an old roofless building slipped into the mud
, and all about us was stagnation and mud
Every night a mob of these horses would be sure to break their heel ropes and stampede up and down the camp through the mud
in the dark, or the camels would break loose and run about and fall over the ropes of the tents, and you can imagine how pleasant that was for men trying to go to sleep.
said the brothers, 'this is pure mud
, straight from the ditch.
That was my ruin, for when I was in the mud
I comforted myself with the thought that at other times I was a hero, and the hero was a cloak for the mud
: for an ordinary man it was shameful to defile himself, but a hero was too lofty to be utterly defiled, and so he might defile himself.
Perhaps, at this new assault the men recalled the fact that they had been named mud
diggers, and it made their situation thrice bitter.
This kind of masonry was continued for some time, repeated supplies of wood and mud
being brought, and treated in the same manner.
The lightless walls seem to spring from the very mud
upon which the stranded barges lie; and the narrow lanes coming down to the foreshore resemble the paths of smashed bushes and crumbled earth where big game comes to drink on the banks of tropical streams.