As soon as we got the farm work reasonably well started, we directed our next efforts toward the industry of making bricks
. We needed these for use in connection with the erection of our own buildings; but there was also another reason for establishing this industry.
`You wouldn't know the brick
house, Sarah,' says Jane.
Nothing could have been more in accordance with Sam Weller's feelings than the projected exposure of the real propensities and qualities of the red-nosed man; and it being very near the appointed hour of meeting, the father and son took their way at once to Brick
Lane, Sam not forgetting to drop his letter into a general post-office as they walked along.
`store' buildings, a brick
schoolhouse, the court-house, and four white churches.
Thirty years later, only the thick walls were standing, with the dull red brick
showing here and there through a matted growth of clinging vines.
After a few hours the road began to be rough, and the walking grew so difficult that the Scarecrow often stumbled over the yellow bricks
, which were here very uneven.
Anybody who could invent a new imitation had been sure of a fortune from old Durham, said Jurgis' informant; but it was hard to think of anything new in a place where so many sharp wits had been at work for so long; where men welcomed tuberculosis in the cattle they were feeding, because it made them fatten more quickly; and where they bought up all the old rancid butter left over in the grocery stores of a continent, and "oxidized" it by a forced-air process, to take away the odor, rechurned it with skim milk, and sold it in bricks
in the cities!
The Province House is constructed of brick
, which seems recently to have been overlaid with a coat of light-colored paint.
Here we saw a cart heavily laden with bricks
; the wheels had stuck fast in the stiff mud of some deep ruts, and the carter was shouting and flogging the two horses unmercifully.
You'll come to the yellow bricks
pretty soon, and you'll know them when you see them because they're the only yellow things in the blue country."
, being second-hand ones, required to be cleaned with a trowel, so that I learned more than usual of the qualities of bricks
But on the other side, on the flat Essex side, a shapeless and desolate red edifice, a vast pile of bricks
with many windows and a slate roof more inaccessible than an Alpine slope, towers over the bend in monstrous ugliness, the tallest, heaviest building for miles around, a thing like an hotel, like a mansion of flats (all to let), exiled into these fields out of a street in West Kensington.