The natives were there, more numerous than on the day before-- five or six hundred perhaps--some of them, profiting by the low water, had come on to the coral, at less than two cable-lengths from the Nautilus.
During low water the natives roamed about near the Nautilus, but were not troublesome; I heard them frequently repeat the word "Assai," and by their gestures I understood that they invited me to go on land, an invitation that I declined.
The boats were very uncertain in low water
in these primitive times.
"The fortunes of that monarch now are at low water
. He shed the blood of Strafford; that confirms what I said just now -- blood will have blood.
Now and then Philip with one of the more experienced clerks went out to audit the accounts of some firm: he came to know which of the clients must be treated with respect and which were in low water
. Now and then long lists of figures were given him to add up.
It was not precisely the kind of weather in which people usually take tea in summer-houses, far less in summer-houses in an advanced state of decay, and overlooking the slimy banks of a great river at low water
. Nevertheless, it was in this choice retreat that Mr Quilp ordered a cold collation to be prepared, and it was beneath its cracked and leaky roof that he, in due course of time, received Mr Sampson and his sister Sally.
I had the biggest magazine of all kinds now that ever was laid up, I believe, for one man: but I was not satisfied still, for while the ship sat upright in that posture, I thought I ought to get everything out of her that I could; so every day at low water
I went on board, and brought away something or other; but particularly the third time I went I brought away as much of the rigging as I could, as also all the small ropes and rope-twine I could get, with a piece of spare canvas, which was to mend the sails upon occasion, and the barrel of wet gunpowder.
"Why, so," he replied: "you take a line ashore there on the other side at low water
, take a turn about one of them big pines; bring it back, take a turn around the capstan, and lie to for the tide.
And, it being low water
, he went out with the tide.
Inference,--that your brother was often at low water
. Secondary inference,--that he had occasional bursts of prosperity, or he could not have redeemed the pledge.
They live on vegetable matter, such as roots and grass; but at Bahia Blanca I have repeatedly seen three or four come down at low water
to the extensive mud-banks which are then dry, for the sake, as the Gauchos say, of feeding on small fish.
She watched the small boys on a day when she had eaten nothing, and emulated them, gathering mussels from the rocks at low water
, cooking them by placing them among the coals of a fire she built on top of the wall.