Between the two, shifting backwards and forwards at certain seasons of the year, lies the most horrible quicksand
on the shores of Yorkshire.
Some gamesome wights will tell you that they have to plant weeds there, they don't grow naturally; that they import Canada thistles; that they have to send beyond seas for a spile to stop a leak in an oil cask; that pieces of wood in Nantucket are carried about like bits of the true cross in Rome; that people there plant toadstools before their houses, to get under the shade in summer time; that one blade of grass makes an oasis, three blades in a day's walk a prairie; that they wear quicksand
shoes, something like Laplander snowshoes; that they are so shut up, belted about, every way inclosed, surrounded, and made an utter island of by the ocean, that to their very chairs and tables small clams will sometimes be found adhering, as to the backs of sea turtles.
He was sure that since her disappearance from home this great, water-girt city held her somewhere, but it was like a monstrous quicksand
, shifting its particles constantly, with no foundation, its upper granules of to-day buried to-morrow in ooze and slime.
So overboard he goes again, to hunt for another Ararat and find another quicksand
. Such has been, and continues to be, my experience.
The poor dear grew white as death, and shook and shivered, as I have seen a quicksand
shake and shiver at the incoming of the tide.
There were seniors who had requisitioned a chance-met Rajah's elephant, in the name of St Francis Xavier, when the Rains once blotted out the cart-track that led to their father's estate, and had all but lost the huge beast in a quicksand
. There was a boy who, he said, and none doubted, had helped his father to beat off with rifles from the veranda a rush of Akas in the days when those head-hunters were bold against lonely plantations.
Its depth was from three to six feet, the bottom full of quicksands
. The Nebraska is studded with islands covered with that species of poplar called the cotton-wood tree.
These, with their perplexities and inconsistencies, were the shifting quicksands
of my mind, from the time of my departure to the time of my return home, three years afterwards.
The American will know how to appreciate the importance of this opinion, in relation to the house in question, when he is told that it was written by one of those inspired moralists, and profound constitutional lawyers, and ingenious political economists, who daily teach their fellow creatures how to give practical illustrations of the mandates of the Bible, how to discriminate in vexed questions arising from the national compact, and how to manage their private affairs in such a way as to escape the quicksands
that have wrecked their own.
The width of the river, which was upwards of a mile, its extreme shallowness, the frequency of quicksands
, and various other characteristics, had at length made them sensible of their errors with respect to it, and they now came to the correct conclusion, that they were on the banks of the Platte or Shallow River.
are shallows and quicksands
, and rope broken withal, and bucket irrecoverable.
Changing his battery, he whispered in the ears of a few of his oldest parishioners, that he had been deceived in the state of Middleton's mind, which he was now compelled to believe was completely stranded on the quicksands