A few birds hovered over the leafy bosom of the valley, frightened from their secluded nests; and here and there a light vapory
cloud, which seemed already blending with the atmosphere, arose above the trees, and indicated some spot where the struggle had been fierce and stationary.
The effect was as when the light, vapory
clouds, with their soft coloring, suddenly vanish from the stony brow of a precipitous mountain, and leave there the frown which you at once feel to be eternal.
But lazily undulating in the trough of the sea, and ever and anon tranquilly spouting his vapory
jet, the whale looked like a portly burgher smoking his pipe of a warm afternoon.
For even when coming into slight contact with the outer, vapory
shreds of the jet, which will often happen, your skin will feverishly smart, from the acridness of the thing so touching it.
All this while the new creature had been sucking in and exhaling the vapory
fragrance of his pipe, and seemed now to continue this occupation as much for the enjoyment it afforded as because it was an essential condition of his existence.