Even at ten o'clock, when the Rostovs got out of their carriage at the chapel, the sultry air, the shouts of hawkers, the light and gay summer clothes of the crowd, the dusty leaves of the trees on the boulevard, the sounds of the band and the white trousers of a battalion marching to parade, the rattling of wheels on the cobblestones
, and the brilliant, hot sunshine were all full of that summer languor, that content and discontent with the present, which is most strongly felt on a bright, hot day in town.
Del Mar had disappeared the moment he had locked the door, and the two men in the wagon, which was now bouncing along over the cobblestones
, were strangers.
On the sidewalk they were liable to have their skulls crushed by bricks and cobblestones
thrown from windows and house-tops.
I guess I can sell papers or lay cobblestones
, and bring in a dollar or two."
Clubs and pick-handles were swinging, revolvers were exploding, and cobblestones
were flung with crushing effect at arm's distance.
"For willow wands do not grow upon the cobblestones
of London town."
Down the cobblestones
of the quiet street came the ring of a stepper's hoofs; they stopped before the house, and he caught the opening of a carriage door.
In they came with rattle of steel and clashing of swords, and ring of horses' feet on cobblestones
, whereat a flock of pigeons that strutted in the sun flew with flapping wings to the high eaves of the round towers.
An occasional oil lamp at the corner of a street, or in the portico of some wealthy burgher, threw a faint glimmer over the shining cobblestones
, and the varied motley crowd who, in spite of the weather, ebbed and flowed along every highway.
The way was paved with cobblestones
, and wound in and out among the houses, which their owners had erected along its course in the most arbitrary fashion.
Slowly he descended the ladder to the seemingly deserted alley which was paved with what appeared to be large, round cobblestones
. He looked again at the smooth, worn pavement, and a rueful grin crossed his features--the alley was paved with skulls.
A great roofless palace crowned the hill, and the marble of the courtyards and the fountains was split, and stained with red and green, and the very cobblestones
in the courtyard where the king's elephants used to live had been thrust up and apart by grasses and young trees.