Half the sky was chequered
with black thunderheads, but all the west was luminous and clear: in the lightning flashes it looked like deep blue water, with the sheen of moonlight on it; and the mottled part of the sky was like marble pavement, like the quay of some splendid seacoast city, doomed to destruction.
I learnt, from this, that Miss Mills had had her trials in the course of a chequered
existence; and that to these, perhaps, I might refer that wise benignity of manner which I had already noticed.
The western end was already steeped in moon- shine; the rest, and the block house itself, still lay in a black shadow chequered
with long silvery streaks of light.
At the present moment Athanase, leaning pensively on his elbow at the breakfast table, was twirling his spoon in his empty cup and contemplating with a preoccupied eye the poor room with its red brick floor, its straw chairs, its painted wooden buffet, its pink and white curtains chequered
like a backgammon board, which communicated with the kitchen through a glass door.
And they went on in silence through Kirton hamlet, where an old man followed them with his eyes, and perhaps envied them their youth and love; and across the Ivy beck where the mill was splashing and grumbling low thunder to itself in the chequered
shadow of the dell, and the miller before the door was beating flour from his hands as he whistled a modulation; and up by the high spinney, whence they saw the mountains upon either hand; and down the hill again to the back courts and offices of Naseby House.
But in spite of the brilliant sunlight and the green fans of the trees waving in the soothing sea-breeze, the world was a confusion, blurred with drifting black and red phantasms, until I was out of earshot of the house in the chequered
At once a quaintly pretty little figure in chequered
purple and white followed my gesture, and then astonished me by imitating the sound of thunder.