About five o'clock, Michel Ardan distributed, under the name of dinner, some pieces of bread and cold meat, which were quickly swallowed without either of them abandoning their scuttle, the glass of which was incessantly encrusted
by the condensation of vapor.
How the other pen found its way into the bowl instead of the fireplace or wastepaper basket I can't imagine, but there the two were, lying side by side, both encrusted
with ink and completely undistinguishable from each other.
At one end of the chamber, upon massive golden thrones encrusted
with diamonds, sat Than Kosis and his consort, surrounded by officers and dignitaries of state.
Long thatched sheds stretched round the enclosure, their slopes encrusted
with vivid green moss, and their eaves supported by wooden posts rubbed to a glossy smoothness by the flanks of infinite cows and calves of bygone years, now passed to an oblivion almost inconceivable in its profundity.
Their apprehensions arise from several changes they dread in the celestial bodies: for instance, that the earth, by the continual approaches of the sun towards it, must, in course of time, be absorbed, or swallowed up; that the face of the sun, will, by degrees, be encrusted
with its own effluvia, and give no more light to the world; that the earth very narrowly escaped a brush from the tail of the last comet, which would have infallibly reduced it to ashes; and that the next, which they have calculated for one-and-thirty years hence, will probably destroy us.
On observing the ground, I saw that it was raised in certain places by slight excrescences encrusted
with limy deposits, and disposed with a regularity that betrayed the hand of man.
Priests were passing in processions, beating their dreary tambourines; police and custom-house officers with pointed hats encrusted
with lac and carrying two sabres hung to their waists; soldiers, clad in blue cotton with white stripes, and bearing guns; the Mikado's guards, enveloped in silken doubles, hauberks and coats of mail; and numbers of military folk of all ranks--for the military profession is as much respected in Japan as it is despised in China--went hither and thither in groups and pairs.
His mother precedes him in a carriage magnificently encrusted
with silver and gold.
Just behind the royal standard-bearers came the Princess Ozma in her royal chariot, which was of gold encrusted
with emeralds and diamonds set in exquisite designs.
Here stood the royal throne, made of solid gold and encrusted
with enough precious stones to stock a dozen jewelry stores in our country.
The soldier wore a handsome green and gold uniform, with a tall hat in which was a waving plume, and he had a belt thickly encrusted
boats, dock pilings, old cans and shells and rocks.