Finding it so directly on the threshold of our narrative, which is now about to issue from that inauspicious portal
, we could hardly do otherwise than pluck one of its flowers, and present it to the reader.
There is no one, not even the hermetics, who does not find in the symbols of the grand portal
a satisfactory compendium of their science, of which the Church of Saint-Jacques de la Boucherie was so complete a hieroglyph.
It was the idea of the beholders that these figures went to join the mysterious funeral that had halted in front of the Province House; yet that supposition seemed to be contradicted by the air of triumph with which they waved their hands, as they crossed the threshold and vanished through the portal
Through this same portal
, within these very marble halls, had Gray and Chamberlin and Kitchener and Shaw, perhaps, come and gone with the other great ones of the past.
Hurling their burdens in one vast heap within the portal
, they threw burning torches upon the top of it.
Soon, however,--as Giovanni had half hoped, half feared, would be the case,--a figure appeared beneath the antique sculptured portal
, and came down between the rows of plants, inhaling their various perfumes as if she were one of those beings of old classic fable that lived upon sweet odors.
I was naturally most occupied with the growing crowd of little people, and with the big open portals
that yawned before me shadowy and mysterious.
It is a blessed consolation to be able to lay the misdoubtings of our arrogant nature at the thresh old of the dwelling-place of the Deity, from whence they shall be swept away, at the great opening of the portal
, like the mists of the morning before the rising sun.
Straight back to that baffling portal
he dragged me, again taking up his position facing the blank stone, gazing straight at its shining surface.
About noon I dragged myself wearily to the portals
of a huge building which covered perhaps four square miles and towered two hundred feet in the air.
He saw the gilded halls of pleasure that would open their portals
to the possessor of the wealth which lay scattered upon this stained and dented table top.
Within the precincts of her home she felt like one who has entered and lingered within the portals
of some forbidden temple in which a thousand muffled voices bade her begone.