She boarded with the Armstrongs, who lived beyond Golden Milestone around the hill of pines. Until the snow disappeared she went out to the main road by the long Armstrong lane; but when spring came she was wont to take a shorter way, down the pine hill, across the brook, past Jasper Dale's garden, and out through his lane.
It was a still spring morning; the world was green with young leaves; a little wind blew down from the pines and lost itself willingly among the budding delights of the garden.
"How I love the pines
! They seem to strike their roots deep into the romance of all the ages.
My house was on the side of a hill, immediately on the edge of the larger wood, in the midst of a young forest of pitch pines
and hickories, and half a dozen rods from the pond, to which a narrow footpath led down the hill.
Listen to the wind among the pines
! Yours is a glorious country."
He was so very tall that he carried a pine
tree, which was eight feet through the butt, for a walking stick.
A loud shout was given by the unseen marksman, and a couple of men instantly appeared from behind the trunks of two of the pines
, where they had evidently placed them selves in expectation of the passage of the deer.
At evening, they would leap down from the pines
, and beg with their hands for things to eat, and then swing off in graceful curves.
The sea was near at hand, but not intrusive; it murmured, and he thought it was the pines
; the pines
murmured in precisely the same tones, and he thought they were the sea.
An almost noise- less and blinding flash of light, and a man fell headlong and lay still; and as the unseen shaft of heat passed over them, pine
trees burst into fire, and every dry furze bush became with one dull thud a mass of flames.
They gathered a bundle of wood, piled it up at the foot of the pine
, and set fire to it.
If two strangers crossing the Pine
Barrens in New York State, or the equally desolate Salisbury Plain in England; if casually encountering each other in such inhospitable wilds, these twain, for the life of them, cannot well avoid a mutual salutation; and stopping for a moment to interchange the news; and, perhaps, sitting down for a while and resting in concert: then, how much more natural that upon the illimitable Pine
Barrens and Salisbury Plains of the sea, two whaling vessels descrying each other at the ends of the earth --off lone Fanning's Island, or the far away King's Mills; how much more natural, I say, that under such circumstances these ships should not only interchange hails, but come into still closer, more friendly and sociable contact.