It broke the ice in the beginning by producing a laugh, it created quite a refreshing breeze, flapping
to and fro as she rowed, and would make an excellent umbrella for the whole party, if a shower came up, she said.
I was lying in a little room, scarcely larger than the bed that held me, and the window-shade at my head was flapping
softly in a warm wind.
He rode with short stirrups, which brought his knees nearly up to the pommel of the saddle; his sharp elbows stuck out like grasshoppers'; he carried his whip perpendicularly in his hand, like a sceptre, and as his horse jogged on, the motion of his arms was not unlike the flapping
of a pair of wings.
Windows were rattling, shutters flapping
, and wind carousing, rumbling, and tumbling down the chimney, and, every once in a while, puffing out smoke and ashes, as if a legion of spirits were coming after them.
There was an exchange of bugle blasts; then a parley from the walls, where men-at-arms, in hauberk and morion, marched back and forth with halberd at shoulder under flapping
banners with the rude figure of a dragon displayed upon them; and then the great gates were flung open, the drawbridge was lowered, and the head of the cavalcade swept forward under the frowning arches; and we, following, soon found ourselves in a great paved court, with towers and turrets stretching up into the blue air on all the four sides; and all about us the dismount was going on, and much greeting and ceremony, and running to and fro, and a gay display of moving and intermingling colors, and an altogether pleasant stir and noise and confusion.
Around our hats were wound many folds of soft white muslin, with the ends hanging and flapping
down our backs--an idea brought from the Orient and used by tourists all over Europe.
And then one by one they got up and stood, and went a-weaving around the ring so gentle and wavy and graceful, the men looking ever so tall and airy and straight, with their heads bobbing and skimming along, away up there under the tent-roof, and every lady's rose-leafy dress flapping
soft and silky around her hips, and she looking like the most loveliest parasol.
New angels are like the militia - never shed the uniform - always fluttering and floundering around in their wings, butting people down, flapping
here, and there, and everywhere, always imagining they are attracting the admiring eye - well, they just think they are the very most important people in heaven.
The aunts could hear her scurrying to and fro, beating up pillows and feather beds, flapping
towels, jingling crockery, singing meanwhile in her clear voice:--
The lattice, flapping
to and fro, had grazed one hand that rested on the sill; no blood trickled from the broken skin, and when I put my fingers to it, I could doubt no more: he was dead and stark!
Lorry, the passenger, shaking himself out of it in chains of straw, a tangle of shaggy wrapper, flapping
hat, and muddy legs, was rather like a larger sort of dog.
The second mast was yet standing, with the rags of a rent sail, and a wild confusion of broken cordage flapping
to and fro.