His hands were clutching the sward
on either side and his finger nails were stuffed with earth and bits of grass that he had gathered in his despairing grasp upon life.
His fathers were mighty hunters,--men who lived in the woods, and slept under the free, open heavens, with the stars to hold their candles; and their descendant to this day always acts as if the house were his camp,--wears his hat at all hours, tumbles himself about, and puts his heels on the tops of chairs or mantelpieces, just as his father rolled on the green sward
, and put his upon trees and logs,--keeps all the windows and doors open, winter and summer, that he may get air enough for his great lungs,--calls everybody "stranger," with nonchalant bonhommie, and is altogether the frankest, easiest, most jovial creature living.
There was a threatening growl, a commanding exclamation, and an unaccountable pause, at the expiration of which she found herself supine on the sward
, with her parasol between her eyes and the sun.
Another moment and the leader of the herd leaped high in his tracks and fell prone, dyeing the sward
with his heart's blood.
Long, hairy arms reached out to seize him, and, as they had done a thousand times before, the two clinched in mimic battle, rolling upon the sward
, striking, growling and biting, though never closing their teeth in more than a rough pinch.
was of close texture, and soft to the feet, and rivalled the softest carpet woven by the hand of man.
It would have been an empty stage if it were not for a few corpses that lay thrown and twisted into fantastic shapes upon the sward
From the pools of blood and the enormous lumps of flesh scattered in every direction over the green sward
we imagined at first that a number of animals had been killed, but on examining the remains more closely we discovered that all this carnage came from one of these unwieldy monsters, which had been literally torn to pieces by some creature not larger, perhaps, but far more ferocious, than itself.
I may as well wash too"; and soon his garments made a third little pile on the sward
, and he too asserted the wonder of the water.
The sun was so near the ground, and the sward
so flat, that the shadows of Clare and Tess would stretch a quarter of a mile ahead of them, like two long fingers pointing afar to where the green alluvial reaches abutted against the sloping sides of the vale.
I lay upon a close-cropped sward
of red grasslike vegetation, and about me stretched a grove of strange and beautiful trees, covered with huge and gorgeous blossoms and filled with brilliant, voiceless birds.
Tonight he moved quickly along the edge of the forest until well beyond sight or sound of the city, then he turned across the crimson sward
toward the shore of the Lost Sea of Korus.