The very soil of the earth is made up of minute fragments such as these; each pool of stagnant water
has its crust of vegetable rottenness; on every side there are the boughs, and trunks, and stumps of trees, in every possible stage of decay, decomposition, and neglect.
The slanting rays of the sun were still hot; his clothes, soaked through with perspiration, stuck to his body; his left boot full of water weighed heavily on his leg and squeaked at every step; the sweat rain in drops down his powder-grimed face, his mouth was full of the bitter taste, his nose of the smell of powder and stagnant water
, his ears were ringing with the incessant whir of the snipe; he could not touch the stock of his gun, it was so hot; his heart beat with short, rapid throbs; his hands shook with excitement, and his weary legs stumbled and staggered over the hillocks and in the swamp, but still he walked on and still he shot.
The cellar had two feet of stagnant water
in it, and was bottomed with six inches of soft mud.
The old stones, the stagnant water
of the ditch surrounding the donjon, the bleak ground strewn with the dead leaves, the dark, skeleton-like outlines of the trees, all contributed to give to the desolate place, now filled with its awful mystery, a most funereal aspect.
It was a wild and desolate place, where the moon glimmered upon a wide expanse of marsh-land, with pools of stagnant water
and beds of decaying vegetation.
And also he owned the other hole near by, where the stagnant water
was; and it was he who cut the ice and sold it; and what was more, if the men told truth, he had not had to pay any taxes for the water, and he had built the icehouse out of city lumber, and had not had to pay anything for that.
The sails flapped, the main boom swung over with a thump, and the stagnant water
, stirred at last, bubbled merrily past the vessel's sides.
I saw its still, stagnant waters
, a quarter of a mile away from me in the hollow, separated into pools and ponds by twining reeds and rushes, and little knolls of earth.
Following the shoe-marks down this lane, the party came at length to a pool of stagnant water
, half hidden by the brambles, to the right of the lane, and opposite this pool all vestige of the track was lost sight of.
There were crowds of people in the street; workmen and business people were making their way home; other people had come out for a walk; there was a smell of mortar, dust and stagnant water
Pools of stagnant water
stood around the house, their surfaces covered with a green and putrid-looking scum, while the stench that arose from them was intolerable.
With this object in view, the party proceeded in profound silence, the old man having admonished them of the necessity of caution, as they entered the clouds of smoke, which were rolling like masses of fog along the plain, more particularly over those spots where the fire had encountered occasional pools of stagnant water