They came to the garden surrounding
the old Richmond place and going through a gap in the hedge sat on a wooden bench beneath a bush.
The grass had been nibbled short and even, so this stretch was not shaggy and red like the surrounding
country, but grey and velvety.
Then recollecting the importance of securing the fugitive, he dashed aside the surrounding
bushes, and pressed eagerly forward to lend his aid in the chase.
A stillness, more oppressive and intolerable than the previous commotion, began to pervade the house and the surrounding
A wild hut of underbrush, tossed together by wayfarers through the primitive forest, would acquire the home aspect by one night's lodging of such a woman, and would retain it long after her quiet figure had disappeared into the surrounding
Knowing well her part, she ascended a flight of wooden steps, and was thus displayed to the surrounding
multitude, at about the height of a man's shoulders above the street.
How he would figure among them in the churchyard, between services on Sundays; gathering grapes for them from the wild vines that overran the surrounding
trees; reciting for their amusement all the epitaphs on the tombstones; or sauntering, with a whole bevy of them, along the banks of the adjacent mill-pond; while the more bashful country bumpkins hung sheepishly back, envying his superior elegance and address.
When the sea is moderately calm, and slightly marked with spherical ripples, and this gnomon-like fin stands up and casts shadows upon the wrinkled surface, it may well be supposed that the watery circle surrounding
it somewhat resembles a dial, with its style and wavy hour-lines graved on it.
Owing to the density of the crowd of reposing whales, more immediately surrounding
the embayed axis of the herd, no possible chance of escape was at present afforded us.
Just at this time the mayor was boasting that he had put an end to gambling and prize fighting in the city; but here a swarm of professional gamblers had leagued themselves with the police to fleece the strikebreakers; and any night, in the big open space in front of Brown's, one might see brawny Negroes stripped to the waist and pounding each other for money, while a howling throng of three or four thousand surged about, men and women, young white girls from the country rubbing elbows with big buck Negroes with daggers in their boots, while rows of woolly heads peered down from every window of the surrounding
For a hundred or more miles above New Orleans, the river is higher than the surrounding
country, and rolls its tremendous volume between massive levees twenty feet in height.
He would be a poet who could impress the winds and streams into his service, to speak for him; who nailed words to their primitive senses, as farmers drive down stakes in the spring, which the frost has heaved; who derived his words as often as he used them--transplanted them to his page with earth adhering to their roots; whose words were so true and fresh and natural that they would appear to expand like the buds at the approach of spring, though they lay half smothered between two musty leaves in a library--aye, to bloom and bear fruit there, after their kind, annually, for the faithful reader, in sympathy with surrounding