Everything was arranged by the time Laurie returned with a note from Aunt March, enclosing
the desired sum, and a few lines repeating what she had often said before, that she had always told them it was absurd for March to go into the army, always predicted that no good would come of it, and she hoped they would take her advice the next time.
It had the effect of a spell, taking her out of the ordinary relations with humanity, and enclosing
her in a sphere by herself.
The postbag, that evening--it came late--contained a letter for me, which, however, in the hand of my employer, I found to be composed but of a few words enclosing
another, addressed to himself, with a seal still unbroken.
It was built in the Moorish fashion,--a square building enclosing
a court-yard, into which the carriage drove through an arched gateway.
It stands on a bold elevation two hundred feet above the surface of the river; it has high vine-clad walls enclosing
trees, and a peaked tower about seventy-five feet high.
The hamlet's front was washed by the clear waters of the great river; its body stretched itself rearward up a gentle incline; its most rearward border fringed itself out and scattered its houses about its base line of the hills; the hills rose high, enclosing
the town in a half-moon curve, clothed with forests from foot to summit.
That night, on going to bed, I forgot to prepare in imagination the Barmecide supper of hot roast potatoes, or white bread and new milk, with which I was wont to amuse my inward cravings: I feasted instead on the spectacle of ideal drawings, which I saw in the dark; all the work of my own hands: freely pencilled houses and trees, picturesque rocks and ruins, Cuyp-like groups of cattle, sweet paintings of butterflies hovering over unblown roses, of birds picking at ripe cherries, of wren's nests enclosing
pearl-like eggs, wreathed about with young ivy sprays.
I glanced about the room, which had had its sanded floor sanded, no doubt, in exactly the same manner when the chief waiter was a boy - if he ever was a boy, which appeared improbable; and at the shining tables, where I saw myself reflected, in unruffled depths of old mahogany; and at the lamps, without a flaw in their trimming or cleaning; and at the comfortable green curtains, with their pure brass rods, snugly enclosing
the boxes; and at the two large coal fires, brightly burning; and at the rows of decanters, burly as if with the consciousness of pipes of expensive old port wine below; and both England, and the law, appeared to me to be very difficult indeed to be taken by storm.
The brewery buildings had a little lane of communication with it, and the wooden gates of that lane stood open, and all the brewery beyond, stood open, away to the high enclosing
wall; and all was empty and disused.
Following him in, they found that the house was a hollow square, enclosing
a courtyard with a bath sunk in the middle, and a fountain in the centre of the bath.
Well, on the knoll, and enclosing
the spring, they had clapped a stout log- house fit to hold two score of people on a pinch and loopholed for musketry on either side.
A great crowd had assembled in the amphitheater enclosing