It's a useful thing to have in the house in case of fire or thieves," observed Laurie, as a watchman's rattle appeared, amid
the laughter of the girls.
For a moment they watched and then, as though to break a spell that hung over them, they began hurling the ball wildly about, and amid
a se- ries of fierce animal-like cries from the coach, the runners of the Winesburg team scampered home.
This, as well as the loss of a deckhand overboard, was the effect of the hurricane, and though the end of the trip came amid
sunshine and sweet-scented tropical breezes, many could not forget the dangers through which they had passed.
All the mystery and witchery of the night seemed to have gathered there amid
the perfumes and the dusky and tortuous outlines of flowers and foliage.
His eye, alone, which glistened like a fiery star amid
lowering clouds, was to be seen in its state of native wildness.
With a brief sketch, therefore, of the circumstances amid
which the foundation of the house was laid, and a rapid glimpse at its quaint exterior, as it grew black in the prevalent east wind,--pointing, too, here and there, at some spot of more verdant mossiness on its roof and walls,--we shall commence the real action of our tale at an epoch not very remote from the present day.
There he used to sit, gazing with a somewhat dim serenity of aspect at the figures that came and went, amid
the rustle of papers, the administering of oaths, the discussion of business, and the casual talk of the office; all which sounds and circumstances seemed but indistinctly to impress his senses, and hardly to make their way into his inner sphere of contemplation.
This opportunity came before tea: I secured five minutes with her in the housekeeper's room, where, in the twilight, amid
a smell of lately baked bread, but with the place all swept and garnished, I found her sitting in pained placidity before the fire.
Like one who after a night of drunken revelry hies to his bed, still reeling, but with conscience yet pricking him, as the plungings of the Roman race-horse but so much the more strike his steel tags into him; as one who in that miserable plight still turns and turns in giddy anguish, praying God for annihilation until the fit be passed; and at last amid
the whirl of woe he feels, a deep stupor steals over him, as over the man who bleeds to death, for conscience is the wound, and there's naught to staunch it; so, after sore wrestlings in his berth, Jonah's prodigy of ponderous misery drags him drowning down to sleep.
that head upon which the upper sun now gleams, has moved amid
this world's foundations.
It suffers teetotal picnic-parties to encamp amid
its savage hollows, and it humbly allows itself to be painted by the worst artists.
Strive to lay bare the truth, as well amid
the promises and presents of the rich man, as amid
the sobs and entreaties of the poor.