The judges were seated in a great circle about the periphery of the circular platform
. We were assigned seats with our backs toward a small platform
in the exact centre of the larger one.
He had invented a machine to blow huge soap-bubbles, as big as balloons, and this machine was hidden under the platform
so that only the rim of the big clay pipe to produce the bubbles showed above the flooring.
The door of the next car opened, and Colonel Proctor appeared on the platform
, attended by a Yankee of his own stamp as his second.
With one swing of his mighty longsword he laid a dozen corpses at his feet, and so he hewed a pathway before him until in another moment he stood upon the platform
beside me, dealing death and destruction right and left.
"No they won't," said the voice of the kitten, and Eureka herself crawled over the edge of the platform
and sat down quietly upon the floor.
I turned, and saw on the rocky platform
the figures of three men.
I was admiring this joyous rising of the sun, so gay, and so life-giving, when I heard steps approaching the platform
. I was prepared to salute Captain Nemo, but it was his second
"I should much like to try your plan," I said, and, as Sylvie and Bruno happened to run up to us at the moment, I left them to keep the Earl company, and strolled along the platform
, making each person and event play its part in an extempore drama for my especial benefit.
Waldron looked with amazement along the line of professors upon the platform
until his eyes fell upon the figure of Challenger, who leaned back in his chair with closed eyes and an amused expression, as if he were smiling in his sleep.
he paved with the huge fronds of elephant's ear which grew in profusion about them, and over the fronds he laid a great sail folded into several thicknesses.
But when once on the sandstone platform
, the scenery becomes exceedingly monotonous; each side of the road is bordered by scrubby trees of the never-failing Eucalyptus family; and with the exception of two or three small inns, there are no houses or cultivated land: the road, moreover, is solitary; the most frequent object being a bullock-waggon, piled up with bales of wool.
Let the reader picture to himself, crowning a limestone hillock, an oblong mass of masonry fifteen feet in height, thirty wide, forty long, with a gate, an external railing and a platform
; on this platform
sixteen enormous pillars of rough hewn stone, thirty feet in height, arranged in a colonnade round three of the four sides of the mass which support them, bound together at their summits by heavy beams, whence hung chains at intervals; on all these chains, skeletons; in the vicinity, on the plain, a stone cross and two gibbets of secondary importance, which seemed to have sprung up as shoots around the central gallows; above all this, in the sky, a perpetual flock of crows; that was Montfauçon.