When the dispatch from Long
's Peak had once become known, there was but one universal feeling of surprise and alarm.
He started to go on with her, but Long
thrust in front again.
Passepartout, though he had not been able to study or rehearse a part, was designated to lend the aid of his sturdy shoulders in the great exhibition of the "human pyramid," executed by the Long
Noses of the god Tingou.
When we consider that all these pebbles, countless as the grains of sand in the desert, have been derived from the slow falling of masses of rock on the old coast-lines and banks of rivers, and that these fragments have been dashed into smaller pieces, and that each of them has since been slowly rolled, rounded, and far transported the mind is stupefied in thinking over the long
, absolutely necessary, lapse of years.
waterproof coat and the waterproof covering of his hat were shining and dripping with rain as everything was, the burly station-master included.
One day, when a fearful storm raged far and wide, and the Spirits saw great billows rolling like heavy clouds above their heads, and heard the wild winds sounding far away, down through the foaming waves a little child came floating to their home; its eyes were closed as if in sleep, the long
hair fell like sea-weed round its pale, cold face, and the little hands still clasped the shells they had been gathering on the beach, when the great waves swept it into the troubled sea.
Somewhere behind her upon the broad river she was sure a long
, narrow native prahu was being urged forward in pursuit, and that in command of it was the young giant who was now never for a moment absent from her thoughts.
Day was already breaking in the east, and the summits of the great peaks had turned rosy red, while the valleys still lay in the shadow, when they found themselves with the cliffs on either hand and the long
, rugged pass stretching away before them.
It is a most tremendous monster, like a great spider, with a body as big as an elephant and legs as long
as a tree trunk.
When they had gone along in silence for a long
way they stopped at the edge of a field where a flock of sheep were grazing.
Neither, by their report, had his dying words acknowledged, nor even remotely implied, any -- the slightest -- connexion on his part, with the guilt for which Hester Prynne had so long
worn the scarlet letter.
I had crossed a marshy tract full of willows, bulrushes, and odd, outlandish, swampy trees; and I had now come out upon the skirts of an open piece of undulating, sandy country, about a mile long
, dotted with a few pines and a great number of contorted trees, not unlike the oak in growth, but pale in the foliage, like willows.