To satisfy himself that this spot
was really the centre of the earth, a sceptic once paid well for the privilege of ascending to the dome of the church to see if the sun gave him a shadow at noon.
Morning and noon had passed, and the day was on the wane, and still he rambled to and fro, and up and down, and round and round, and still lingered about the same spot
. At last he got away, and shaped his course for Hatfield.
The earth near the spot
where the spade was found was carefully examined, and the result was the finding of the dead body of a man.
Nicholas, not stopping to talk to the man, asked his sister and Petya to wait for him and rode to the spot
where the enemy's, Ilagin's, hunting party was.
Herons came, with a great bold noise as of opening doors and shutters, out of the boughs of a plantation which they frequented at the side of the mead; or, if already on the spot
, hardily maintained their standing in the water as the pair walked by, watching them by moving their heads round in a slow, horizontal, passionless wheel, like the turn of puppets by clockwork.
Hawkeye, believing he had prevailed, soon fell asleep, and a silence as deep as the solitude in which they had found it, pervaded the retired spot
Marmaduke questioned the miner very closely as to his reasons for believing in the existence of the precious metals near that particular spot
; but the fellow maintained an obstinate mystery in his answers.
He turned his back upon the Weir, and looked far away at the sky, and at the earth, and then looked again at that one spot
. It caught his sight again immediately, and he concentrated his vision upon it.
"Here have I cut the throats of two lively does, and a scampering fawn, without spot
or stain; while you, blundering dog as you ar', have made as much work for Eester and her girls, as though butchering was your regular calling.
He raised the door and I caught sight of the top of a spiral staircase; then he said, turning to the lady, "Madam, this is the way that will lead you down to the spot
which I told you of."
Now, if I can't get away nohow, and they tip me the black spot
, mind you, it's my old sea-chest they're after; you get on a horse--you can, can't you?
And so, upon a dark night near the head waters of the river he sought, he buried the treasure at the foot of a mighty buttress tree, and with his parang made certain cabalistic signs upon the bole whereby he might identify the spot
when it was safe to return and disinter his booty.