Take the Colossus
of Rhodes, for instance, that's worth something.
There you stand, a hundred feet above the silent decks, striding along the deep, as if the masts were gigantic stilts, while beneath you and between your legs, as it were, swim the hugest monsters of the sea, even as ships once sailed between the boots of the famous Colossus
at old Rhodes.
He desired I would stand like a Colossus
, with my legs as far asunder as I conveniently could.
Then the colossus
put forth his strength, and, blundering again, at last blundered into the semblance of victory.
After which his eyes darkened and closed, his face grew ashy pale, the hands whitened, and the colossus
sank quite down, breathing his last sigh.
Porthos rested his chin on his hands, placed his elbows on the table and looked at D'Artagnan with an expression of confidence which imparted to that colossus
an admirable appearance of good-fellowship.
At nine o'clock in the morning we went and stood before this marble colossus
. The central one of its five great doors is bordered with a bas-relief of birds and fruits and beasts and insects, which have been so ingeniously carved out of the marble that they seem like living creatures--and the figures are so numerous and the design so complex that one might study it a week without exhausting its interest.
And if we enter the interior of the edifice, who has overthrown that colossus
of Saint Christopher, proverbial for magnitude among statues, as the grand hall of the Palais de Justice was among halls, as the spire of Strasbourg among spires?
Wouldst thou make a Colossus
of me, that thou askest me such questions?
It had come upon her suddenly that she was very tired and very small and very weak alongside this colossus
of a man.
It is many years now since this colossus
of crime suddenly ceased keeping the world in a turmoil; and when he ceased, as they said after the death of Roland, there was a great quiet upon the earth.
I was very far then from expecting the change you have just informed me of; namely, that four years afterwards, this colossus
of power would be overthrown.