The more he seeketh to rise into the height and light, the more vigorously do his roots struggle earthward
, downward, into the dark and deep--into the evil."
The great trees bent in unison as though pressed earthward
by a mighty hand.
And, all unsuspected, those missiles the Martians had fired at us drew earthward
, rushing now at a pace of many miles a second through the empty gulf of space, hour by hour and day by day, nearer and nearer.
But as the day wore on and the gas diffused slowly from the balloon, it sank earthward again, details increased, men became more visible, and he began to hear the whistle and moan of trains and cars, sounds of cattle, bugles and kettle drums, and presently even men's voices.
In another moment a score of willing hands were tugging it earthward. At the same instant Bert became aware for the first time of a fresh breeze blowirg about him.
Yet did it quiver under the finger-tip caress in rhythmic vibrations that became whisperings and rustlings and mutterings of sound--but of sound so different; so elusively thin that it was shimmeringly sibilant; so mellow that it was maddening sweet, piping like an elfin horn, which last was just what Bassett decided would be like a peal from some bell of the gods reaching earthward
from across space.
I had been forced to loosen my grasp on expectation; and, but an hour ago, had sunk slackly under the discouraging thought that the current of life, and the impulse of destiny, had swept her for ever from my reach; and, behold, while bending suddenly earthward
beneath the pressure of despondency--while following with my eyes the track of sorrow on the turf of a graveyard--here was my lost jewel dropped on the tear-fed herbage, nestling in the messy and mouldy roots of yew-trees.
'Two arrows in the quiver are better than one; and three are better still.' Kim quoted the proverb with a meditative cough, looking discreetly earthward
Surely it was in this way that Homer saw the plain of Troy, that Dante saw the abodes of the departed, that Milton saw the earthward
flight of the Tempter.
She broke forth as never moon yet burst from cloud: a hand first penetrated the sable folds and waved them away; then, not a moon, but a white human form shone in the azure, inclining a glorious brow earthward
. It gazed and gazed on me.
As a reader, I never forget that each reach of image that she takes, each risk, might, in less-skilled hands, plummet earthward
and land as a shamble of failure upon our eyes and ears.
Pictures show the endless stretch of orange trees, all of them pregnant and pendulant with fruit, their branches bowing earthward
under the weight.