"I have already told thee, Sancho," said Don Quixote, "not to give thyself any uneasiness on that score; for if an island should fail, there is the kingdom of Denmark, or of Sobradisa, which will fit thee as a ring fits the finger, and all the more that, being on terra firma
, thou wilt all the better enjoy thyself.
They went to work at once, plowing, barrowing, rolling, furrowing, in admirable order, as if they were bent on making this a model farm; but when I was looking sharp to see what kind of seed they dropped into the furrow, a gang of fellows by my side suddenly began to hook up the virgin mould itself, with a peculiar jerk, clean down to the sand, or rather the water -- for it was a very springy soil -- indeed all the terra firma
there was -- and haul it away on sleds, and then I guessed that they must be cutting peat in a bog.
And then they returned to terra firma
, that is to say, to some passage that led them to the little girls' dancing-school, where brats between six and ten were practising their steps, in the hope of becoming great dancers one day, "covered with diamonds....
then the gentleman is going on terra firma
?" replied Ned Land.
Around this fragment of terra firma
grew reeds as lofty as trees are in Europe, and stretching away out of sight.
It was a trembling and ashen-hued Usanga who tumbled out of the fuselage, for his nerves were still on edge as a result of the harrowing experience of the loop, yet with terra firma
once more under foot, he quickly regained his composure.
She was silent a little after I had ceased speaking; then she inquired, "If you are so fond of a garden why don't you go to terra firma
, where there are so many far better than this?"
Believe me, and take comfort, this is better for me than tons of gold and cases of diamonds, even were they not as problematical as the clouds we see in the morning floating over the sea, which we take for terra firma
, and which evaporate and vanish as we draw near to them.
It follows that if the whole area of terra firma
is owned by A, B and C, there will be no place for D, E, F and G to be born, or, born as trespassers, to exist.
The ocean and the land seem here struggling for mastery: although terra firma
has obtained a footing, the denizens of the water think their claim at least equally good.
However, though my little periagua was finished, yet the size of it was not at all answerable to the design which I had in view when I made the first; I mean of venturing over to the TERRA FIRMA
, where it was above forty miles broad; accordingly, the smallness of my boat assisted to put an end to that design, and now I thought no more of it.
I had hooked the ladder beautifully to the inner sill of wood, and had also let down the extended rod for the more expeditious removal of both on our return to terra firma
. Conceive my cold horror on arriving at the open window just in time to see the last of hooks and bending rod, as they floated out of sight and reach into the outer darkness of the night, removed by some silent and invisible hand below!