Since leaving the canoe-house we had scarcely exchanged a single syllable with one another; but when we entered a second narrow opening in the wood, and again caught sight of the ridge
before us, I took Toby by the arm, and pointing along its sloping outline to the lofty heights at its extremity, said in a low tone, 'Now, Toby, not a word, nor a glance backward, till we stand on the summit of yonder mountain--so no more lingering but let us shove ahead while we can, and in a few hours' time we may laugh aloud.
Thus spake Zarathustra on the ridge
of the mountain where it was cold: when, however, he came into the vicinity of the sea, and at last stood alone amongst the cliffs, then had he become weary on his way, and eagerer than ever before.
We could see them as they filed out of the pass, just for an instant, before they were lost to view behind a friendly ridge
; to us a most providential ridge
; since, had they been in view for any great length of time, they scarcely could have failed to discover us.
Of these lines, there are two considerably higher than the others; namely, on the Chilian side, the Peuquenes ridge
, which, where the road crosses it, is 13,210 feet above the sea; and the Portillo ridge
, on the Mendoza side, which is 14,305 feet.
Rising from the midst of vast plains and prairies, traversing several degrees of latitude, dividing the waters of the Atlantic and the Pacific, and seeming to bind with diverging ridges
the level regions on its flanks, it has been figuratively termed the backbone of the northern continent.
It proved to be a great sierra, or ridge
, of immense height, running parallel to the course of the river, swelling by degrees to lofty peaks, but the outline gashed by deep and precipitous ravines.
Once at the foot of the ridge
, they came cautiously to their feet, and, bent half-double, advanced silently upon the unconscious white man, their heavy war-clubs swinging menacingly in their brawny hands.
From the experiment of the ridge
of vermilion wax, we can clearly see that if the bees were to build for themselves a thin wall of wax, they could make their cells of the proper shape, by standing at the proper distance from each other, by excavating at the same rate, and by endeavouring to make equal spherical hollows, but never allowing the spheres to break into each other.
I had never before looked up at the sky when there was not a familiar mountain ridge
By and by they came to an ice-coated ridge
which was tilted up at a sharp angle, and had a precipice on one side of it.
And behind them, over the edge of a low ridge
, other eyes watched--close set, wicked eyes, gleaming beneath shaggy brows.
This place was a tolerable long, steep hill or ridge
about forty foot high.