Through the red mist that floated all around her, she could see high walls of changing light, where orange, blue, and violet flames went flickering to and fro, making graceful figures as they danced and glowed; and underneath these rainbow arches, little Spirits glided, far and near, wearing crowns of fire, beneath which flashed their wild, bright eyes; and as they spoke, sparks
dropped quickly from their lips, and Ripple saw with wonder, through their garments of transparent light, that in each Fairy's breast there burned a steady flame, that never wavered or went out.
Near the mouth of the Plata some circular and oval patches, from two to four yards in diameter, and with defined outlines, shone with a steady but pale light; while the surrounding water only gave out a few sparks
. The appearance resembled the reflection of the moon, or some luminous body; for the edges were sinuous from the undulations of the surface.
And as they continued to fall upon him, the spark
of life within flickered and went down.
As the sparks
fell thick and bright about him, I could see his hands, and touches of his face, and could make out that he was seated and bending over the table; but nothing more.
'Because, Tom,' said his sister, after silently watching the sparks
awhile, 'as I get older, and nearer growing up, I often sit wondering here, and think how unfortunate it is for me that I can't reconcile you to home better than I am able to do.
After midnight the people on shore went to bed, and then for two or three hours the shores was black -- no more sparks
in the cabin windows.
The next moment I saw a tiny red spark
advancing from the farther end of the house in the pitch darkness.
The mica dust from the shore, rising under our feet, flew like a cloud of sparks
. The bottom now rose sensibly, and we soon arrived at long circuitous slopes, or inclined planes, which took us higher by degrees; but we were obliged to walk carefully among these conglomerates, bound by no cement, the feet slipping on the glassy crystal, felspar, and quartz.
He had indulged in some wistful hopes that for once his master might have relaxed, that an opportune word of congratulation might awaken some spark
of generosity in the man who had just added a fortune to his great store.
"Hope my fellows have not got into trouble up there," muttered Uncle Mac, adding with a satisfied chuckle, as a spark
shone out, "No; there it goes!
She came into the room with an erect head and a cold eye; she said, with an unmerciful emphasis on the word, "If you mean to go, Valeria, the carriage is here." Any woman with a spark
of spirit in her would have "meant" it under those circumstances.
"Weak or strong," repeated Milady, "that man has, then, a spark
of pity in his soul; of that spark
I will make a flame that shall devour him.