Brown, soft-eyed children ran out from the quaint stone hovels to offer nosegays, or bunches of oranges still on the bough
Then she went softly out of doors, and plucking an orange from the low-hanging bough
of a tree, threw it at Robert, who did not know she was awake and up.
Once, and once only, was she completely successful; when she broke down the bough
of a large sumach, and by a sudden thought, let her glove fall at the same instant.
Doubtless, however, either of these stern and black-browed Puritans would have thought it quite a sufficient retribution for his sins that, after so long a lapse of years, the old trunk of the family tree, with so much venerable moss upon it, should have borne, as its topmost bough
, an idler like myself.
Suddenly he heard a groan--his teeth chattered, and his knees smote against the saddle: it was but the rubbing of one huge bough
upon another, as they were swayed about by the breeze.
The ribs were hung with trophies; the vertebrae were carved with Arsacidean annals, in strange hieroglyphics; in the skull, the priests kept up an unextinguished aromatic flame, so that the mystic head again sent forth its vapory spout; while, suspended from a bough
, the terrific lower jaw vibrated over all the devotees, like the hair-hung sword that so affrighted damocles.
We waded swiftly down it, in the dim forest light, for as much as three hundred yards, and then came across an oak with a great bough
sticking out over the water.
She had not time to run, but she did what answered just as well; she promptly drew a lithe young willow bough
athwart her white body with one hand, and then contemplated us with a simple and untroubled interest.
I gave another tug before I answered, for I wanted the bird to be secure of its bread: the sash yielded; I scattered the crumbs, some on the stone sill, some on the cherry-tree bough
, then, closing the window, I replied -
This time, I remembered I was lying in the oak closet, and I heard distinctly the gusty wind, and the driving of the snow; I heard, also, the fir bough
repeat its teasing sound, and ascribed it to the right cause: but it annoyed me so much, that I resolved to silence it, if possible; and, I thought, I rose and endeavoured to unhasp the casement.
He was very strong and clever with his knife and knew how to cut the dry and dead wood away, and could tell when an unpromising bough
or twig had still green life in it.
I thought my quest had brought me into a strange old haunted forest, and that I had thrown myself down to rest at the gnarled mossy root of a great oak-tree, while all about me was nought but fantastic shapes and capricious groups of gold-green bole and bough
, wondrous alleys ending in mysterious coverts, and green lanes of exquisite turf that seemed to have been laid down in expectation of some milk-white queen or goddess passing that way.