Then the dwarf said, 'My masters are not at home; but if you will wait till they come, pray step in.' Now the little dwarf was getting their dinner ready, and he brought their food upon seven little plates, and their drink in seven little glasses, and set them upon the table, and out of each little plate their sister ate a small piece
, and out of each little glass she drank a small drop; but she let the ring that she had brought with her fall into the last glass.
His one thought was how to be revenged on that wicked old hag, and for this purpose he had a purse made large enough to contain five hundred gold pieces
, but filled it instead with bits of glass.
I do not know how this really happened, yet the fact remains that one fine day this piece
of wood found itself in the shop of an old carpenter.
"I've found it!" cried the Shaggy Man, and ran to Dorothy with a queer-shaped piece
that had a mouth on it.
Then the youth told him of the piece
of good luck that had befallen him, and asked him for the hand of his beautiful daughter.
All that I could do was to wait till the tide was at the highest, keeping the raft with my oar like an anchor, to hold the side of it fast to the shore, near a flat piece
of ground, which I expected the water would flow over; and so it did.
His hand was under the coat for but a moment, yet those quick, deft fingers had felt of each coin, and found and discarded the fatal piece
. When he brought forth his hand it contained an 1888 franc piece
Like the different appearances of the table to a number of simultaneous observers, the different particulars that belong to one physical object are to be collected together by continuity and inherent laws of correlation, not by their supposed causal connection with an unknown assumed existent called a piece
of matter, which would be a mere unnecessary metaphysical thing in itself.
Presently he noticed as an odd thing that it was undoubtedly out upon the lagoon with some definite purpose, for it was fighting the tide, and sometimes winning; and when it won, Peter, always sympathetic to the weaker side, could not help clapping; it was such a gallant piece
'Why--yes,' replied Nicholas: 'that is the course of the piece
Our goods were no sooner landed than we were surrounded with a crowd of officers, all gaping for presents; we were forced to gratify their avarice by opening our bales, and distributing among them some pieces
English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Georges, and Louises, doubloons and double guineas and moidores and sequins, the pictures of all the kings of Europe for the last hundred years, strange Oriental pieces
stamped with what looked like wisps of string or bits of spider's web, round pieces
and square pieces
, and pieces
bored through the middle, as if to wear them round your neck--nearly every variety of money in the world must, I think, have found a place in that collection; and for number, I am sure they were like autumn leaves, so that my back ached with stooping and my fingers with sorting them out.