(4) A morsel of torn gold thread
was picked up in the bedroom, which persons expert in such matters, declare to be of Indian manufacture, and to be a species of gold thread
not known in England.
He longed to see the curious table-napkins wrought for the Priest of the Sun, on which were displayed all the dainties and viands that could be wanted for a feast; the mortuary cloth of King Chilperic, with its three hundred golden bees; the fantastic robes that excited the indignation of the Bishop of Pontus and were figured with "lions, panthers, bears, dogs, forests, rocks, hunters--all, in fact, that a painter can copy from nature"; and the coat that Charles of Orleans once wore, on the sleeves of which were embroidered the verses of a song beginning "Madame, je suis tout joyeux," the musical accompaniment of the words being wrought in gold thread
, and each note, of square shape in those days, formed with four pearls.
On the breast of her gown, in fine red cloth, surrounded with an elaborate embroidery and fantastic flourishes of gold thread
, appeared the letter A.
They asked for the most delicate silk and the purest gold thread
; put both into their own knapsacks; and then continued their pretended work at the empty looms until late at night.
Surely thou didst find her stringing pearls, or embroidering some device in gold thread
for this her enslaved knight."
The ground was green silk, with a dove embroidered on it in white, carrying in its beak the typical olive-branch, wrought in gold thread
. The work was the tremulous, uncertain work of a child's fingers.
It betokened the cheeriness of an active temperament, finding joy in its activity, and, therefore, rendering it beautiful; it was a New England trait,--the stern old stuff of Puritanism with a gold thread
in the web.
His hose were of flame-colored silk, and his shoes of black velvet, the long, pointed toes being turned up and fastened to his knees, and on either instep was embroidered a cross in gold thread
. Beside the Bishop rode the Prior of Emmet upon a mincing palfrey.
His only jewellery was a chain, so fine that the slender gold thread
was scarcely perceptible on his white waistcoat.
It reappeared like a gold thread
under the lintel--and vanished for good.
Along the cattle-paths the plumes of goldenrod were already fading into sun-warmed velvet, grey with gold threads
The sun had been up for many hours, and the great dome of air was warmed through and glittering with thin gold threads
of sunlight, before any one moved in the hotel.