I had always sympathized with the "Children of Israel," in their task of "making bricks
without straw," but ours was the task of making bricks
with no money and no experience.
"I'm going to stay here and--catch bricks
; catch 'em without throwing 'em back, too.
I was surprised to see how thirsty the bricks
were which drank up all the moisture in my plaster before I had smoothed it, and how many pailfuls of water it takes to christen a new hearth.
The water- way, so fair above and wide below, flows oppressed by bricks
and mortar and stone, by blackened timber and grimed glass and rusty iron, covered with black barges, whipped up by paddles and screws, overburdened with craft, overhung with chains, overshadowed by walls making a steep gorge for its bed, filled with a haze of smoke and dust.
Toward evening they came to a great forest, where the trees grew so big and close together that their branches met over the road of yellow brick
. It was almost dark under the trees, for the branches shut out the daylight; but the travelers did not stop, and went on into the forest.
Carey told him to put the bricks
away at once, and stood over him while Philip did so.
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 gabled brick
, tile, and freestone houses had almost dried off for the season their integument of lichen, the streams in the meadows were low, and in the sloping High Street, from the West Gateway to the mediaeval cross, and from the mediaeval cross to the bridge, that leisurely dusting and sweeping was in progress which usually ushers in an old-fashioned market-day.
Now, these here fellows, my boy, are a-goin' to-night to get up the monthly meetin' o' the Brick
Lane Branch o' the United Grand Junction Ebenezer Temperance Association.
For more than an hour the carriage threaded its way through a dingy brick
labyrinth of streets, growing smaller and smaller and dirtier and dirtier the further we went.
In the centre of the town there were two rows of new brick
When the war began, there stood on Cote Joyeuse an imposing mansion of red brick
, shaped like the Pantheon.