It was a wire stretching from housetop
"Well, sir, they roosted around here on the housetop
and the trees for an hour, and guffawed over that thing like human beings.
But more than that, and worse than that, and to pass out far and broad beyond myself--I reflected that evening, sitting alone in my garden on the housetop
, that I was doing dishonour to my ancient faith and race.
The result of that conference was, that Gabelle again withdrew himself to his housetop
behind his stack of chimneys; this time resolved, if his door were broken in (he was a small Southern man of retaliative temperament), to pitch himself head foremost over the parapet, and crush a man or two below.
Slaves appeared upon every housetop
with gorgeous silks and costly furs, laying them in the sun for airing.
Nothing delighted you more than to have me tie my piece bags on your backs for burdens, give you hats and sticks and rolls of paper, and let you travel through the house from the cellar, which was the City of Destruction, up, up, to the housetop
, where you had all the lovely things you could collect to make a Celestial City."
Not only did the distance to the The Pure Drop, the fully-licensed tavern at the further part of the dispersed village, render its accommodation practically unavailable for dwellers at this end; but the far more serious question, the quality of the liquor, confirmed the prevalent opinion that it was better to drink with Rolliver in a corner of the housetop
than with the other landlord in a wide house.
It floated out upon the night, over the housetops
, the crescent of the river, losing itself in the silence of the upper air.
"Of course I don't shout that fact on the housetops
," the Captain addressed me pointedly, "any more than our friend his shipwreck adventure.
Then suddenly, as we approached Kew, came a number of people running, and the upperworks of a Martian fighting- machine loomed in sight over the housetops
, not a hundred yards away from us.
He looked up to the skies, over the housetops
, faintly blue, growing clearer every moment.
Now, the clustered roofs, and piles of buildings, trembling with the working of engines, and dimly resounding with their shrieks and throbbings; the tall chimneys vomiting forth a black vapour, which hung in a dense ill-favoured cloud above the housetops
and filled the air with gloom; the clank of hammers beating upon iron, the roar of busy streets and noisy crowds, gradually augmenting until all the various sounds blended into one and none was distinguishable for itself, announced the termination of their journey.