We had been wandering, indeed, in the leafless
shrubbery an hour in the morning; but since dinner (Mrs.
The high walls which shut it in were covered with the leafless
stems of climbing roses which were so thick that they were matted together.
Houses in twos and threes pass by us, solitary farms, ruinous buildings, dye-works, tanneries, and the like, open country, avenues of leafless
Not a latent echo in the house, not a squeak and scuffle from the mice behind the panelling, not a drip from the half-thawed water-spout in the dull yard behind, not a sigh among the leafless
boughs of one despondent poplar, not the idle swinging of an empty store-house door, no, not a clicking in the fire, but fell upon the heart of Scrooge with a softening influence, and gave a freer passage to his tears.
This time, as the distance was short, I did not mount, but ran with Dogger's stirrup-leather to the lodge gates and up the long, leafless
, moonlit avenue to where the white line of the hall buildings looked on either hand on great old gardens.
The gas-lamps flickered and became blue, and the leafless
trees shook their black iron branches to and fro.
A cold, sharp wind whistled through the leafless
branches, and yet the drops fell from my forehead.
On they came, like a flock of brilliant butterflies, their shining wings and many-colored garments sparkling in the dim air; and soon the leafless
trees were gay with living flowers, and their sweet voices filled the gardens with music.
On their path through the leafless
woods they were overtaken by many persons of their acquaintance, all of whom avoided them, and passed by on the other side; but a severer trial awaited their constancy when they had descended the hill, and drew near the pine-built and undecorated house of prayer.
After drinking some hot coffee, like an Arctic explorer setting off on a sledge journey towards the North Pole, I would go ashore and roll shivering in a tramcar into the very heart of the town, past clean-faced houses, past thousands of brass knockers upon a thousand painted doors glimmering behind rows of trees of the pavement species, leafless
, gaunt, seemingly dead for ever.
Perhaps it was because she had fixed her mind on the grassy Warwickshire fields, with the bushy tree-studded hedgerows that made a hiding-place even in this leafless
Grovetown church clock struck four; looking up, I beheld the last of that day's sun, glinting red through the leafless
boughs of some very old oak trees surrounding the church--its light coloured and characterized the picture as I wished.