For about one quarter of the length of the apartment, the floor was raised by a step, and this space, which was called the dais
, was occupied only by the principal members of the family, and visitors of distinction.
Across the room they saw the opening of what appeared to be a corridor and which investigation proved to be a short passageway, terminating in a chamber in the center of which was an ornate sleeping dais
. This room, like the others, was but poorly lighted, time having dimmed the radiance of its bulbs and coated them with dust.
A high dais
at the further end was roofed in by a broad canopy of scarlet velvet spangled with silver fleurs-de-lis, and supported at either corner by silver rods.
The beggar turned round; there was surprise, recognition, a lighting up of the two countenances, and so forth; then, without paying the slightest heed in the world to the spectators, the hosier and the wretched being began to converse in a low tone, holding each other's hands, in the meantime, while the rags of Clopin Trouillefou, spread out upon the cloth of gold of the dais
, produced the effect of a caterpillar on an orange.
Nor was it long before they entered a lofty chamber at one end of which a man reclined upon a rich couch that stood upon a high dais
Straining my eyes through the gloom, I made out a raised dais
at the extreme opposite end of the hall.
The door was swung open, and the party, now reduced to Bradley and five Wieroos, was ushered across the threshold into a large, irregularly shaped room in which a single, giant Wieroo whose robe was solid blue sat upon a raised dais
Upon the green waters of the canal bordered with marble, upon which time had already scattered black spots and tufts of mossy grass, there glided majestically a long, flat bark adorned with the arms of England, surmounted by a dais
, and carpeted with long damasked stuffs, which trailed their fringes in the water.
It was not long before the seats on the dais
were filled, while the tenants and guests of lesser importance had occupied all the coigns of vantage not reserved.
The King and Queen dismounted from their steeds, ascended the steps of the royal box, and seated themselves upon two thrones, decked with purple and gold trapping, upon a dais
sheltered by striped canvas.
Irwine to a carpet-covered dais
ornamented with hot-house plants, where she and Miss Anne were to be seated with old Mr.
Brilliant cloths of many hues and strange patterns formed the soft cushion covering of the dais
upon which they reclined about her.