A FIR-TREE said boastingly to the Bramble
, "You are useful for nothing at all; while I am everywhere used for roofs and houses." The Bramble
answered: 'You poor creature, if you would only call to mind the axes and saws which are about to hew you down, you would have reason to wish that you had grown up a Bramble
, not a Fir-Tree."
And Gerda stretched out her hands with the large wadded gloves towards the robber maiden, and said, "Farewell!" and the Reindeer flew on over bush and bramble
through the great wood, over moor and heath, as fast as he could go.
In his wild flight, he leaped over brambles
and bushes, and across brooks and ponds, as if he were a goat or a hare chased by hounds.
"I hope your dreams have been pleasanter than that," I ventured at this moment to stammer, rising, a startling apparition, from my ambush behind a mound of brambles
; and before she had time to take in the situation I added that I hoped she'd excuse my little pleasantry, and told her how I had noticed her and the wounded bicycle, et cetera, et cetera, as the reader can well imagine, without giving me the trouble of writing it all out.
The Abyssins are not only obliged to maintain the troops in their march, but to repair the roads, to clear them, especially in the forests, of brambles
and thorns, and by all means possible to facilitate the passage of the army.
Following the shoe-marks down this lane, the party came at length to a pool of stagnant water, half hidden by the brambles
, to the right of the lane, and opposite this pool all vestige of the track was lost sight of.
We still dwell in the Valley of the Shadow, lurk in its desolate places, peering from brambles
and thickets at its mad, malign inhabitants.
Don Quixote said that even if it reached to the bottomless pit he meant to see where it went to; so they bought about a hundred fathoms of rope, and next day at two in the afternoon they arrived at the cave, the mouth of which is spacious and wide, but full of thorn and wild-fig bushes and brambles
and briars, so thick and matted that they completely close it up and cover it over.
Its shores seemed to be thickly set with brambles
and thorny plants, growing together in wild confusion, and were literally hidden, sometimes, from the gaze, by myriads of mosquitoes of a light-brown hue.
As I saw him go, picking his way among the nettles, and among the brambles
that bound the green mounds, he looked in my young eyes as if he were eluding the hands of the dead people, stretching up cautiously out of their graves, to get a twist upon his ankle and pull him in.
Then I came to a long thicket of these oaklike trees-- live, or evergreen, oaks, I heard afterwards they should be called--which grew low along the sand like brambles
, the boughs curiously twisted, the foliage compact, like thatch.
His unguided feet, too, caught aggravatingly in brambles
; and with it all he received a subtle suggestion to touch the corpse.