Along Downing Street he made his way by the railings
and rang the bell at last at the Premier's house.
Halfway across stood Prince Nesvitski, who had alighted from his horse and whose big body was body was jammed against the railings
. He looked back laughing to the Cossack who stood a few steps behind him holding two horses by their bridles.
One of the young men, whose head, in a physical sense only, might be said to be of the thickest, had the watch that evening.The rain poured down in torrents; yet despite these two obstacles, the young man was obliged to go out, if it were but for a quarter of an hour; and as to telling the door-keeper about it, that, he thought, was quite unnecessary, if, with a whole skin, he were able to slip through the railings
. There, on the floor lay the galoshes, which the watchman had forgotten; he never dreamed for a moment that they were those of Fortune; and they promised to do him good service in the wet; so he put them on.
about the plats were prostrate, decayed, or altogether gone.
When the waves began to tumble and toss and to grow bigger and bigger the ship rolled up and down, and tipped sidewise--first one way and then the other--and was jostled around so roughly that even the sailor-men had to hold fast to the ropes and railings
to keep themselves from being swept away by the wind or pitched headlong into the sea.
George's reminding him of his last penitential moments in the lane, and of that King of Glory whose name had echoed ever since in the saddest corner of his memory; and the gutters where he had learned to slide, and the shop where he had bought his skates, and the stones on which he had trod, and the railings
in which he had rattled his clachan as he went to school; and all those thousand and one nameless particulars, which the eye sees without noting, which the memory keeps indeed yet without knowing, and which, taken one with another, build up for us the aspect of the place that we call home: all these besieged him, as he went, with both delight and sadness.
He was dandiacally dressed, seemed to tell something under twenty years and had a handsome wistful face atop of a heavy, lumbering, almost corpulent figure, which however did not betoken inactivity; for David's purple hat (a conceit of his mother's of which we were both heartily ashamed) blowing off as we neared him he leapt the railings
without touching them and was back with it in three seconds; only instead of delivering it straightway he seemed to expect David to chase him for it.
"I think," he said, "that we had better watch the race from these railings
. Your gown will be spoilt in the crowd if we try to get out of the paddock, and you probably wouldn't get anywhere in time to see it."
He could not tell how he came to recollect it now, when he had so often passed and never thought about him, or how it was that he felt an interest in the circumstance; but he did both; and stopping, and clasping the iron railings
with his hands, looked eagerly in, wondering which might be his grave.
John Jasper, on his way home through the Close, is brought to a stand-still by the spectacle of Stony Durdles, dinner-bundle and all, leaning his back against the iron railing
of the burial-ground enclosing it from the old cloister-arches; and a hideous small boy in rags flinging stones at him as a well-defined mark in the moonlight.
One's safest course that day was to clasp a railing
and hang on; walking was too precarious a pastime.
In attempting to recover himself, he reached for the iron railing
which surrounded the stove and kept the pots from sliding off; but he missed the railing
, and his hand, with his weight behind it, landed squarely on the hot surface.