Something caught his eye--letters carved
in the wood.
- INSTRUCTIVE OBSERVATIONS ON CARVED
OAK AND LIFE IN GENERAL.
Before long they saw ahead of them a fine big arch spanning the road, and when they came nearer they found that the arch was beautifully carved
and decorated with rich colors.
In the street, up there, was an old, a very old house-it was almost three hundred years old, for that might be known by reading the great beam on which the date of the year was carved
: together with tulips and hop-binds there were whole verses spelled as in former times, and over every window was a distorted face cut out in the beam.
Out in the library--the big room where the telephone is, you know--you will find a carved
box on the lower shelf of the big case with glass doors in the corner not far from the fireplace.
It has been used as a prison for political offenders for two or three hundred years, and its dungeon walls are scarred with the rudely carved
names of many and many a captive who fretted his life away here and left no record of himself but these sad epitaphs wrought with his own hands.
who has dared to frame therein that commonplace and heavy door of carved
wood, à la Louis XV., beside the arabesques of Biscornette?
Resting by the wayside a little later, the Tramp carved
upon the smooth bark of a birch-tree the words, "John Gump, Champion Genius."
As they were disputing, they passed a statue carved
in stone, which represented "a Lion strangled by a Man." The traveler pointed to it and said: "See there!
While they were doing this they discovered a lot of new and wonderful things that the pirates must have stolen from other ships: Kashmir shawls as thin as a cobweb, embroidered with flowers of gold; jars of fine tobacco from Jamaica; carved
ivory boxes full of Russian tea; an old violin with a string broken and a picture on the back; a set of big chess-men, carved
out of coral and amber; a walking-stick which had a sword inside it when you pulled the handle; six wine-glasses with turquoise and silver round the rims; and a lovely great sugar-bowl, made of mother o' pearl.
The old neglected palazzo, with its lofty carved
ceilings and frescoes on the walls, with its floors of mosaic, with its heavy yellow stuff curtains on the windows, with its vases on pedestals, and its open fireplaces, its carved
doors and gloomy reception rooms, hung with pictures--this palazzo did much, by its very appearance after they had moved into it, to confirm in Vronsky the agreeable illusion that he was not so much a Russian country gentleman, a retired army officer, as an enlightened amateur and patron of the arts, himself a modest artist who had renounced the world, his connections, and his ambition for the sake of the woman he loved.
There were odd wooden houses, with carved
wooden flowers in the front yards.