By-and- by the procession went filing down the steep
descent of the main avenue, the flickering rank of lights dimly revealing the lofty walls of rock almost to their point of junction sixty feet overhead.
I shall call hills steep
, which ought to be bold; surfaces strange and uncouth, which ought to be irregular and rugged; and distant objects out of sight, which ought only to be indistinct through the soft medium of a hazy atmosphere.
Monsieur the Marquis in his travelling carriage (which might have been lighter), conducted by four post-horses and two postilions, fagged up a steep
Looking back at the old town, with its one steep
street climbing the white face of the chalk hill, I remembered what wonderful exotic women Thomas Hardy had found eating their hearts out behind the windows of dull country high streets, through which hung waving no banners of romance, outwardly as unpromising of adventure as the windows of the town I had left.
But before they could get into the Land of the Monkeys, they came to a steep
cliff with a river flowing below.
At the corner of the area, which is of an irregular form, stands the great tower, or keep, placed on a small hill of its own dimensions, on which lies six vast projecting buttresses, ascending in a steep
direction to prop and support the building, and continued upwards up the side as turrets.
And I had hardly moved before the boat, giving up at once her gentle dancing movement, ran straight down a slope of water so steep
that it made me giddy, and struck her nose, with a spout of spray, deep into the side of the next wave.
In spite of having their horses shod with sharp nails, no one managed to get more than half-way up, and then they all fell back right down to the bottom of the steep
Sometimes we saw little towns or castles on the top of steep
hills such as we see in old missals; sometimes we ran by rivers and streams which seemed from the wide stony margin on each side of them to be subject ot great floods.
I directed our steps towards a vast bay cut in the steep
The little pink sloth-creature dashed at me, and I gashed down its ugly face with the nail in my stick and in another minute was scrambling up a steep
side pathway, a kind of sloping chimney, out of the ravine.
They had to lower themselves cautiously and slowly, from steep
; and, while they managed with difficulty to maintain their own footing, to aid their horses by holding on firmly to the rope halters, as the poor animals stumbled among slippery rocks, or slid down icy declivities.