Faux, senior, had told his son very frankly, that he must not look to being set up in business by HIM: with seven sons, and one of them a very healthy and well-developed idiot, who consumed a dumpling about eight inches in diameter
every day, it was pretty well if they got a hundred apiece at his death.
A straight, dry, and partly decayed stick of the Hibiscus, about six feet in length, and half as many inches in diameter
, with a small, bit of wood not more than a foot long, and scarcely an inch wide, is as invariably to be met with in every house in Typee as a box of lucifer matches in the corner of a kitchen cupboard at home.
Legrand immediately took the scythe, and cleared with it a circular space, three or four yards in diameter
, just beneath the insect, and, having accomplished this, ordered Jupiter to let go the string and come down from the tree.
His nostrils, at all times the most conspicuous feature of his face, dilated until they covered the greater part of the diameter
of his countenance; while his brown and bony hands unconsciously grasped the snow-crust near him, the excitement of the moment completely overcoming his native dread of cold.
Whilst looking round them, Athos and Monk perceived a little ash of about three inches in diameter
, which had shot up in an angle of the wall, reaching a window, concealed by its branches.
When sufficiently dry, they are pounded fine between two stones, pressed into the smallest compass, and packed in baskets or bales of grass matting, about two feet long and one in diameter
, lined with the cured skin of a salmon.
Her extreme diameter
, carried well forward, is thirty-seven.
The spring was of great power, compared with its dimensions, being capable of raising forty-five pounds upon a barrel of four inches diameter
, after the first turn, and gradually increasing as it was wound up.
Estimating the size of the creature by comparison with the diameter
of the large trees near which it passed -- the few giants of the forest which had escaped the fury of the land-slide -- I concluded it to be far larger than any ship of the line in existence.
Their great stems, some of them fully a hundred feet in diameter
, attested their prodigious height, which I could only guess at, since at no point could I penetrate their dense foliage above me to more than sixty or eighty feet.
The horizontal diameter
was fifty feet, and the vertical diameter
It is impossible for me to convey any idea of the overpowering beauty and grandeur of these pillars of white spar, some of which were not less than twenty feet in diameter
at the base, and sprang up in lofty and yet delicate beauty sheer to the distant roof.