A stony business altogether, with heavy stone balustrades
, and stone urns, and stone flowers, and stone faces of men, and stone heads of lions, in all directions.
I forget, too, at what hour the gates were opened in the morning, admitting of my going in; but I know that I was often up at six o'clock, and that my favourite lounging-place in the interval was old London Bridge, where I was wont to sit in one of the stone recesses, watching the people going by, or to look over the balustrades
at the sun shining in the water, and lighting up the golden flame on the top of the Monument.
It has only one clear story above the ground-floor; but the roof, rising steeply, has several projecting windows, with carved spandrels rather elegantly enclosed in oaken frames, and externally adorned with balustrades
From the high ground on which it stood a series of terraces bordered by balustrades
and urns descended in the steel-engraving style to a small irregular lake with an asphalt edge overhung by rare weeping conifers.
But its roomy staircases, passages, and antechambers still remain; and even its painted ceilings, where Allegory, in Roman helmet and celestial linen, sprawls among balustrades
and pillars, flowers, clouds, and big-legged boys, and makes the head ache--as would seem to be Allegory's object always, more or less.
Some have great broad stone staircases leading down to the water, with heavy stone balustrades
ornamented with statuary and fancifully adorned with creeping vines and bright-colored flowers--for all the world like a drop curtain in a theatre, and lacking nothing but long-waisted, high-heeled women and plumed gallants in silken tights coming down to go serenading in the splendid gondola in waiting.
But he preserved his easy attitude; and nothing more solid went over the stone balustrades
than the accumulated rosebuds now floating about, a little surface-island.
behind the door and very like though too much forehead and as to a pillar with a marble pavement and balustrades
and a mountain, I never saw him near it nor not likely in the wine trade, excellent man but not at all in that way.
The staircase, balustrades
, and rails, had a spare look--an air of being denuded to the bone--which the panels of the walls and the jambs of the doors and windows also bore.
Pickwick leaned over the balustrades
of Rochester Bridge, contemplating nature, and waiting for breakfast.
Roses covered the walls of the house, draped the cornices, climbed the pillars, and ran riot over the balustrade
of the wide terrace, whence one looked down on the sunny Mediterranean, and the white-walled city on its shore.
It opened above the porch, where there had formerly been a balcony, the balustrade
of which had long since gone to decay, and been removed.