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.
It was only with the assistance of a servant, and by leaning his hand heavily on the iron balustrade
, that he could slowly and painfully ascend the Custom-House steps, and, with a toilsome progress across the floor, attain his customary chair beside the fireplace.
One black-eyed young girl perched herself upon the top of the balustrade
, and began to kick with her slippered foot at the helmets of the policemen, until one of them caught her by the ankle and pulled her down.
The hall lamp was now lit, and it amused her to look over the balustrade
and watch the servants passing backwards and forwards.
We accordingly went up a wonderful old staircase; with a balustrade
so broad that we might have gone up that, almost as easily; and into a shady old drawing-room, lighted by some three or four of the quaint windows I had looked up at from the street: which had old oak seats in them, that seemed to have come of the same trees as the shining oak floor, and the great beams in the ceiling.
For a few seconds he stood bending over the balustrade
and peering down into the black seething well of darkness.
The first thing he did on dismounting was to try to find out where he was, and, as far as he could discover in the thick darkness, he found himself on the terraced roof of a huge palace, with a balustrade
of marble running round.
Imagine on the balustrade
of this terrace a number of tall vases of blue and white pottery, in which are gilliflowers; and to right and left, along the neighboring walls, hedges of linden closely trimmed in, and you will gain an idea of the landscape, full of tranquil chastity, modest cheerfulness, but commonplace withal, which surrounded the venerable edifice of the Cormon family.
The iron balustrade
around the platform was lowered, and the lantern and pilot cages were pushed within the shell until they were flush with the deck.
Here the Emperor sent his minister for Li Po, and here the great lyrist set her mortal beauty to glow from the scented, flower-haunted balustrade
immortally through the twilights yet to come.
She closed the door after her, took the duke by the hand, and after a few experimental steps, grasped a balustrade
, put her foot upon the bottom step, and began to ascend the staircase.