cried Tom, getting on some clothes by the light of his gleaming
electric light which he had set on his cot.
Toward the end of April, the billboards, which I watched anxiously in those days, bloomed out one morning with gleaming
white posters on which two names were impressively printed in blue Gothic letters: the name of an actress of whom I had often heard, and the name `Camille.
They all went together up to the quaint little Gothic church of Our Lady of Lourdes, gleaming
all brown and yellow with paint in the sun's glare.
His countenance was composed, though thoughtful, while his dark, gleaming
eyes were gradually losing the fierceness of the combat in an expression better suited to the change he expected momentarily to undergo.
He would sit quietly, with a gentle pleasure gleaming
over his face, brighter now, and now a little dimmer, as the song happened to float near him, or was more remotely heard.
Then, however, there was the freshness of the passing year on its exterior, and the cheerfulness, gleaming
forth from the sunny windows, of a human habitation, into which death had never entered.
While this pallidness was burning aloft, few words were heard from the enchanted crew; who in one thick cluster stood on the forecastle, all their eyes gleaming
in that pale phosphorescence, like a far away constellation of stars.
The floor was of tesselated marble, smooth as glass, and from the walls strange shapes loomed out, woven into huge portieres in rich, harmonious colors, or gleaming
from paintings, wonderful and mysterious-looking in the half-light, purple and red and golden, like sunset glimmers in a shadowy forest.
He saw the distant slaves at their toil; he saw afar their villages of huts gleaming
out in long rows on many a plantation, distant from the stately mansions and pleasure-grounds of the master;--and as the moving picture passed on, his poor, foolish heart would be turning backward to the Kentucky farm, with its old shadowy beeches,--to the master's house, with its wide, cool halls, and, near by, the little cabin overgrown with the multiflora and bignonia.
We had such a beautiful day, and such endless pictures of limpid lakes, and green hills and valleys, and majestic mountains, and milky cataracts dancing down the steeps and gleaming
in the sun, that we could not help feeling sweet toward all the world; so we tried to drink all the milk, and eat all the grapes and apricots and berries, and buy all the bouquets of wild flowers which the little peasant boys and girls offered for sale; but we had to retire from this contract, for it was too heavy.
Presently they came to a place where a little stream of water, trickling over a ledge and carrying a limestone sediment with it, had, in the slow-dragging ages, formed a laced and ruffled Niagara in gleaming
and imperishable stone.
Sparkling in the sunshine, gleaming
under the summer moon, cold and gray beneath a November sky, trickling over the dam in some burning July drought, swollen with turbulent power in some April freshet, how many young eyes gazed into the mystery and majesty of the falls along that river, and how many young hearts dreamed out their futures leaning over the bridge rail, seeing "the vision splendid" reflected there and often, too, watching it fade into "the light of common day.