The scaffold indeed looked like an islet
at the confluence of several rivers.
After leaving behind him the civic Tournelle* and the criminal tower, and skirted the great walls of the king's garden, on that unpaved strand where the mud reached to his ankles, he reached the western point of the city, and considered for some time the islet
of the Passeur-aux-Vaches, which has disappeared beneath the bronze horse of the Pont Neuf.
Wollaston have communicated to me a remarkable fact bearing on this subject; namely, that Madeira and the adjoining islet
of Porto Santo possess many distinct but representative land-shells, some of which live in crevices of stone; and although large quantities of stone are annually transported from Porto Santo to Madeira, yet this latter island has not become colonised by the Porto Santo species: nevertheless both islands have been colonised by some European land-shells, which no doubt had some advantage over the indigenous species.
My position enabled me to include in a single view both the eastern and western extremities of the islet
; and I observed a singularly-marked difference in their aspects.
At the point of that angle a short arm joined it to a hexagonal islet
with a soil of gravel and its shores faced with dressed stone, a perfection of puerile neatness.
The eyes of the Sagamore moved warily from islet
, and copse to copse, as the canoe proceeded; and, when a clearer sheet of water permitted, his keen vision was bent along the bald rocks and impending forests that frowned upon the narrow strait.
Susan met the incoming tide by the Raven islet
and stopped, panting, with her feet in the water.
There must have been some glare in the air to in- terfere with one's sight, because it was only just before the sun left us that my roaming eyes made out beyond the highest ridges of the principal islet
of the group some- thing which did away with the solemnity of perfect soli- tude.
But look here--you seem to have a fondness for talking to your betters--suppose you go to Walrus Islet
and talk to Sea Vitch.
The water seemed to widen and split, being cloven by the dark wedge of a fish-shaped and wooded islet
. With the rate at which they went, the islet
seemed to swim towards them like a ship; a ship with a very high prow--or, to speak more strictly, a very high funnel.
Not a single plant, not even a lichen, grows on this islet
; yet it is inhabited by several insects and spiders.
"The anchorage is on the south, behind an islet
, I fancy?" asked the captain.