Hard by the farmhouse was a vast barn, that might have served for a church; every window and crevice of which seemed bursting forth with the treasures of the farm; the flail was busily resounding within it from morning to night; swallows and martins skimmed twittering about the eaves; an rows of pigeons, some with one eye turned up, as if watching the weather, some with their heads under their wings or buried in their bosoms, and others swelling, and cooing
, and bowing about their dames, were enjoying the sunshine on the roof.
And so she fell to murmuring and cooing
over the girl again, and softly stroking her face and hair, and kissing her and calling her by endearing names; but there was scarcely sign of response now in the glazing eyes.
Diana had a voice toned, to my ear, like the cooing
of a dove.
Without expecting any thanks, or anything of the sort," resumed Camilla, "I have remained in that state, hours and hours, and Raymond is a witness of the extent to which I have choked, and what the total inefficacy of ginger has been, and I have been heard at the pianoforte-tuner's across the street, where the poor mistaken children have even supposed it to be pigeons cooing
at a distance-and now to be told--.
For one so badly wounded," observed Sancho at this point, "this young man has a great deal to say; they should make him leave off billing and cooing
, and attend to his soul; for to my thinking he has it more on his tongue than at his teeth.
As they made no effort to communicate with me, but simply stood round me smiling and speaking in soft cooing
notes to each other, I began the conversation.
What will he say when, instead of a pair of plump turtle doves, billing and cooing
in a bower of roses, he finds a single lean cormorant, standing mateless and shelterless on poverty's bleak cliff?