Near the top of this hill, about two miles from Linden-Car, stood Wildfell Hall, a superannuated mansion of the Elizabethan era, built of dark grey stone, venerable and picturesque to look at, but doubtless, cold and gloomy enough to inhabit, with its thick stone mullions
and little latticed panes, its time-eaten air-holes, and its too lonely, too unsheltered situation, - only shielded from the war of wind and weather by a group of Scotch firs, themselves half blighted with storms, and looking as stern and gloomy as the Hall itself.
A few miserable, greenish hovels, hanging over the water in front of these sumptuous Hôtels, did not prevent one from seeing the fine angles of their façades, their large, square windows with stone mullions
, their pointed porches overloaded with statues, the vivid outlines of their walls, always clear cut, and all those charming accidents of architecture, which cause Gothic art to have the air of beginning its combinations afresh with every monument.
The light from the long, wide, mullioned
window opposite shone in upon his nook, and, assisted by a secondary light of cold blue quality which shone down the chimney, enabled him to read there easily whenever disposed to do so.
A dull light shone through heavy mullioned
windows, and from the high chimneys which rose from the steep, high-angled roof there sprang a single black column of smoke.
It was the work of a moment to tear the sheets from the bed, to tie the two ends together and a third round the mullion
by which the larger window was bisected.
They admired everything--the old grey porch, the mullioned
windows, the venerable gravestones dotting the green churchyard, the ancient tower, the very weathercock; the brown thatched roofs of cottage, barn, and homestead, peeping from among the trees; the stream that rippled by the distant water-mill; the blue Welsh mountains far away.
The new part, containing the schoolroom and dormitory, was lit by mullioned
and latticed windows, which gave it a church-like aspect; a stone tablet over the door bore this inscription:-
The room is a large and lofty one, with an ample mullioned
oriel window at one end; the walls, you see, are new, and not yet painted; but the furniture, though originally of an expensive sort, is old and scanty, and there is no drapery about the window.
Something of his birth place seemed to cling to the man, and I never looked at his pale, keen face or the poise of his head without associating him with gray archways and mullioned
windows and all the venerable wreckage of a feudal keep.
"Exquisite!" cried her ladyship, surveying the old mullioned
windows of the house, with their framing of creepers, and the grand stone buttresses projecting at intervals from the wall, each with its bright little circle of flowers blooming round the base.
de Barral was living then in a big stone mansion with mullioned
windows in a large damp park, called the Priory, adjoining the village where the refined poet had built himself a house.
The building stood by itself, apart from the master's house, on an angle of ground where three roads met--an old gray stone building with a steep roof and mullioned