Along the cattle-paths the plumes of goldenrod were already fading
into sun-warmed velvet, grey with gold threads in it.
Never had that lady seemed a more tempting subject than at that moment, seated there like some sensuous Madonna, with the gleam of the fading
day enriching her splendid color.
light increased the gloominess of the bleak and savage wilderness that stretched so far on every side of him, and there was even a fearful character in the stillness of those little huts, that he knew were so abundantly peopled.
There was the flash of a red shirt vanishing in an adjacent doorway; the fading
apparition of a pair of high boots and blue overalls in another; the abrupt withdrawal of a curly blond head from a sashless window over the way.
As if there were a withering spell in the sad letter, her beauty, the warmth and richness of her womanhood, departed like fading
sunshine, and a gray shadow seemed to fall across her.
But it was a comfort that there could be no uneasiness in a connection with anything so beatific as the radiant image of my little girl, the vision of whose angelic beauty had probably more than anything else to do with the restlessness that, before morning, made me several times rise and wander about my room to take in the whole picture and prospect; to watch, from my open window, the faint summer dawn, to look at such portions of the rest of the house as I could catch, and to listen, while, in the fading
dusk, the first birds began to twitter, for the possible recurrence of a sound or two, less natural and not without, but within, that I had fancied I heard.
The place where he stood was dimly lighted; but he could see a vast hall, with pillars fading
into the darkness above, and a great staircase opening at the far end of it.
neither darkness nor shadow of death; only such a bright fading
as when the morning star fades in the golden dawn.
They had to be torn apart by force; the girl had to be dragged away, and she struggled and fought and shrieked like one gone mad till a turn of the road hid her from sight; and even after that, we could still make out the fading
plaint of those receding shrieks.
Bean, one of the Americans, was found a note-book in which had been penciled some sentences which admit us, in flesh and spirit, as it were, to the presence of these men during their last hours of life, and to the grisly horrors which their fading
vision looked upon and their failing consciousness took cognizance of:
While sobbing out this wish in broken accents, some one approached: I started up-- again Helen Burns was near me; the fading
fires just showed her coming up the long, vacant room; she brought my coffee and bread.
We excused her, to a certain extent, on the plea of ill-health: she was dwindling and fading
before our eyes.