I walked through it rapidly; turned inland a few hundred yards; ascended some rising ground; and discerned, in the dim twilight, four small lonesome villas standing in pairs, with a shed and a saw-pit
on one side, and a few shells of unfinished houses on the other.
All this Jem swore he had seen, more by token that it was the very day he had been mole-catching on Squire Cass's land, down by the old saw-pit
. Some said Marner must have been in a "fit", a word which seemed to explain things otherwise incredible; but the argumentative Mr.
Across the lake, a mile above a roaring torrent, they located a patch of spruce and built their saw-pit
. Here, by hand, with an inadequate whipsaw, they sawed the spruce- trunks into lumber.
For example, I was full two and forty days in making a board for a long shelf, which I wanted in my cave; whereas, two sawyers, with their tools and a saw-pit
, would have cut six of them out of the same tree in half a day.
They have visitors in the high summer weather, when a grey cloak and umbrella, unknown to Chesney Wold at other periods, are seen among the leaves; when two young ladies are occasionally found gambolling in sequestered saw-pits
and such nooks of the park; and when the smoke of two pipes wreathes away into the fragrant evening air from the trooper's door.