And, midway, he dug down through the red volcanic earth that had washed from the disintegrating hill above, until he uncovered quartz, rotten quartz, that broke and crumbled
in his hands and showed to be alive with free gold.
The wood-fire had crumbled
into heavy embers, among which the little flames danced, and quivered, and sported about like fairies.
All markets were glutted; all markets were falling; and amidst the general crumble of prices the price of labor crumbled fastest of all.
The Wall Street* group turned the stock market into a maelstrom where the values of all the land crumbled away almost to nothingness.
Again the ashes slipped and rolled--very, very softly--again--and then again, as though they crumbled
underneath the tread of a stealthy foot.
He is haunted from out the crumbled
palaces of vanished kings, where "in the form of blue flames one sees spirits moving through each dark recess." He is haunted by the traditional voices of the old masters of his craft, and lastly, more than all, by the dead women and men of his race, the ancestors that count in the making of his composite soul and have their silent say in every action, thought, and impulse of his life.
We have only the written words of those who have gone before, to show us the cities and the empires that have been, to teach us the reasons why they decayed and crumbled