But the greatest curiosity, upon which the fate of the island depends, is a loadstone
of a prodigious size, in shape resembling a weaver's shuttle.
In instances where the lightning has actually struck the vessel, so as to smite down some of the spars and rigging, the effect upon the needle has at times been still more fatal; all its loadstone
virtue being annihilated, so that the before magnetic steel was of no more use than an old wife's knitting needle.
Like the mariner in the old story, the winds and streams had driven him within the influence of the Loadstone
Rock, and it was drawing him to itself, and he must go.
Graves, in an AEgyptian idol cut out of Loadstone
and found among the Mummies; which still retains its attraction, though probably taken out of the mine about two thousand years ago.
He, however, darted not the less quickly toward Milady, yielding to that magnetic attraction which the loadstone
exercises over iron.
As truly as the loadstone
draws iron towards it, so he, lying at the bottom of his grave, could draw me near him when he would.
Whilst we speak the loadstone
is withdrawn; down falls our filing in a heap with the rest, and we continue our mummery to the wretched shaving.
In vain Alleyne bethought him of where he was, and of those laws of good breeding and decorum which should restrain him: those colored capitals and black even lines drew his hand down to them, as the loadstone
draws the needle, until, almost before he knew it, he was standing with the romance of Garin de Montglane before his eyes, so absorbed in its contents as to be completely oblivious both of where he was and why he had come there.
Then, a carriage ride succeeded, near the solemn river, stealing away by night, as all things steal away, by night and by day, so quietly yielding to the attraction of the loadstone
rock of Eternity; and the nearer they drew to the chamber where Eugene lay, the more they feared that they might find his wanderings done.
And then the witch beckoned to the scarecrow, throwing so much magnetic potency into her gesture that it seemed as if it must inevitably be obeyed, like the mystic call of the loadstone
when it summons the iron.
He regarded this power of attraction in wealth to draw wealth to it, as something remarkably interesting and curious--something indefinably allied to the loadstone
He is like one of those booms which are set out from the shore on rivers to catch drift-wood, or like the loadstone
amongst splinters of steel.