Everything stood solid in its familiar place; the apple tree was too small to support or hide a climber; the only shed stood open and obviously empty; there was no sound save the droning of summer flies and the occasional flutter of a bird unfamiliar enough to be surprised by the scarecrow in the field; there was scarcely a shadow save a few blue lines
that fell from the thin tree; every detail was picked out by the brilliant day light as if in a microscope.
A large scale map of Goat Island marked with red and blue lines
to show these strategic movements would no doubt have displayed much interlacing, but as a matter of fact neither side saw anything of the other throughout that age-long day of tedious alertness.
The brittle blue line
had withstood the blows and won.
Their provisions were now exhausted, and they and their horses almost ready to give out with fatigue and hunger; when one afternoon, just as the sun was sinking behind a blue line
of distant mountain, they came to the brow of a height from which they beheld the smooth valley of the Immahah stretched out in smiling verdure below them.
Daylight was waning, a splendid sun, like a red steel buckler, was plunging the lower extremity of its disc beneath the blue line
of the sea.
From nearly all the windows of the house I can look out across the plain, with no obstacle in the shape of a hill, right away to a blue line
of distant forest, and on the west side uninterruptedly to the setting sun--nothing but a green, rolling plain, with a sharp edge against the sunset.
The eyes of both were fixed upon the spot indicated by the sailor, and on the blue line
separating the sky from the Mediterranean Sea, they perceived a large white sail.