Yet it was afternoon before they came to the great wall
that surrounded the City.
It was after dark when Woola and I spied through the mighty forest the great wall which surrounds the city of Kaol.
With this idea in view I circled the great wall, keeping within the fringe of the forest, which is cut away for a short distance from the wall all about the city, that no enemy may utilize the trees as a means of ingress.
They lived in a great village in huts that were built of stone and surrounded by a great wall
So long as Hector lived and Achilles nursed his anger, and so long as the city of Priam remained untaken, the great wall of the Achaeans stood firm; but when the bravest of the Trojans were no more, and many also of the Argives, though some were yet left alive--when, moreover, the city was sacked in the tenth year, and the Argives had gone back with their ships to their own country--then Neptune and Apollo took counsel to destroy the wall, and they turned on to it the streams of all the rivers from Mount Ida into the sea, Rhesus, Heptaporus, Caresus, Rhodius, Grenicus, Aesopus, and goodly Scamander, with Simois, where many a shield and helm had fallen, and many a hero of the race of demigods had bitten the dust.
Then Jove the lord of thunder sent the blast of a mighty wind from the mountains of Ida, that bore the dust down towards the ships; he thus lulled the Achaeans into security, and gave victory to Hector and to the Trojans, who, trusting to their own might and to the signs he had shown them, essayed to break through the great wall of the Achaeans.
When they came to the great wall
of the Emerald City, the gates were opened by the Guardian who always tended them.
It called the players for the first game, and simultaneously there fluttered to the peaks of a thousand staffs on tower and battlement and the great wall
of the stadium the rich, gay pennons of the fighting chiefs of Manator.
Then he saw above him the face of Oona, and felt about him the arms of Oona; and for a moment the sun steadied and stood still, and the great walls
were upright and moved not.
After leaving behind him the civic Tournelle* and the criminal tower, and skirted the great walls
of the king's garden, on that unpaved strand where the mud reached to his ankles, he reached the western point of the city, and considered for some time the islet of the Passeur-aux-Vaches, which has disappeared beneath the bronze horse of the Pont Neuf.
All these great walls
are as exact and shapely as the flimsy things we build of bricks in these days.
More than once the trail fairly hung on the edge of some almost bottomless gorge, and again it wound its way between great walls
of rock, so poised that they appeared about to topple over and crush the travelers.