Therefore the sailor will never say, "cast anchor," and the ship-master aft will hail his chief mate on the forecastle in impressionistic phrase: "How does the cable grow?" Because "grow" is the right word for the long drift of a cable emerging aslant under the strain, taut as a bow-string above the water
. And it is the voice of the keeper of the ship's anchors that will answer: "Grows right ahead, sir," or "Broad on the bow," or whatever concise and deferential shout will fit the case.
We have been treated to the spectacle of what are practically keeled racing-planes driven a clear five foot or more above the water
, and only eased down to touch their so-called " native element" as they near the line.
A few more strokes brought me to a point where my feet touched the floor, and soon thereafter I was above the water
level entirely, and racing like mad along the corridor searching for the first doorway that would lead me to Issus.
"Certainly," said I, carried away by the Captain's reasoning; "if the surface of the sea is solidified by the ice, the lower depths are free by the Providential law which has placed the maximum of density of the waters of the ocean one degree higher than freezing-point; and, if I am not mistaken, the portion of this iceberg which is above the water
is as one to four to that which is below."
As I watched them playing about I discovered, not only that they suckled their young, but that at intervals they rose to the surface to breathe as well as to feed upon certain grasses and a strange, scarlet lichen which grew upon the rocks just above the water
But Porthos was not a man to abandon an old servant, and when Musqueton rose above the water
, blind as a new-born puppy, he found he was supported by the large hand of Porthos and that he was thus enabled, without having occasion even to move, to advance toward the cable with the dignity of a very triton.
With a prayer to her Maker she threw her hands above her head in the last effort of the drowning swimmer to clutch at even thin air for support--the current caught and swirled her downward toward the gorge, and, at the same instant her fingers touched and closed upon something which swung low above the water
His efforts but served to accelerate the speed of the crocodile, and just as the ape-man realized that he had reached the limit of his endurance he felt his body dragged to a muddy bed and his nostrils rise above the water
As they drew nearer, and I watched the rising and sinking of their forms, and beheld the uplifted right arm bearing above the water
the girdle of tappa, and their long dark hair trailing beside them as they swam, I almost fancied they could be nothing else than so many mermaids--and very like mermaids they behaved too.
This scuttle was actually five feet above the water
In a few moments one of them rose above the water
with a heavy lump of silver in his arms.
Damsel, said Arthur, what sword is that, that yonder the arm holdeth above the water
? I would it were mine, for I have no sword.