Away above, on the lofty roof, rank on rank of carved and fretted spires spring high in the air, and through their rich tracery one sees the sky beyond.
Here, springing from its broad marble flagstones, were the long files of spires, looking very tall close at hand, but diminishing in the distance like the pipes of an organ.
Nevertheless, timid and inexperienced at the start, it sweeps out, grows larger, restrains itself, and dares no longer dart upwards in spires
and lancet windows, as it did later on, in so many marvellous cathedrals.
Jim the horse had seen these spires
, also, and his ears stood straight up with fear, while Dorothy and Zeb held their breaths in suspense.
At last they reached the great gateway, just as the sun was setting and adding its red glow to the glitter of the emeralds on the green walls and spires
. Somewhere inside the city a band could be heard playing sweet music; a soft, subdued hum, as of many voices, reached their ears; from the neighboring yards came the low mooing of cows waiting to be milked.
Perhaps it was this--perhaps it was the look of the island, with its grey, melancholy woods, and wild stone spires
, and the surf that we could both see and hear foaming and thundering on the steep beach--at least, although the sun shone bright and hot, and the shore birds were fishing and crying all around us, and you would have thought anyone would have been glad to get to land after being so long at sea, my heart sank, as the saying is, into my boots; and from the first look onward, I hated the very thought of Treasure Island.
As they rounded the Point, the great bay opened before them full of shipping, and the city lay beyond, its spires
rising above the tall masts with their gay streamers.
The tower of old Saint Saviour's Church, and the spire
of Saint Magnus, so long the giant-warders of the ancient bridge, were visible in the gloom; but the forest of shipping below bridge, and the thickly scattered spires
of churches above, were nearly all hidden from sight.
Whatever movement there was in the stifling air was seen rather than felt in a tremulous, quivering, upward-moving dust along the flank of the mountain, through which the spires
of the pines were faintly visible.
For as in landscape gardening, a spire
, cupola, monument, or tower of some sort, is deemed almost indispensable to the completion of the scene; so no face can be physiognomically in keeping without the elevated open-work belfry of the nose.
IN the evening I started, and drove out to sea before a gentle wind from the southwest, slowly, steadily; and the island grew smaller and smaller, and the lank spire
of smoke dwindled to a finer and finer line against the hot sunset.
We visited the principal church, also--a curious old structure, with a towerlike spire
adorned with all sorts of grotesque images.