The house was painted a dazzling white; the outside shutters
, or jalousies, were green.
It used to be affirmed, that the dead shop-keeper, in a white wig, a faded velvet coat, an apron at his waist, and his ruffles carefully turned back from his wrists, might be seen through the chinks of the shutters
, any night of the year, ransacking his till, or poring over the dingy pages of his day-book.
They approached the door, which was of an arched form, and flanked on each side by a narrow tower or projection of the edifice, in both of which were lattice-windows, the wooden shutters
to close over them at need.
I had often admired it and I knew my way about in it; I had only, after just faltering at the first chill gloom of its disuse, to pass across it and unbolt as quietly as I could one of the shutters
There was no place for him anywhere --every direction he turned his gaze, this fact was forced upon him: Everything was built to express it to him: the residences, with their heavy walls and bolted doors, and basement windows barred with iron; the great warehouses filled with the products of the whole world, and guarded by iron shutters
and heavy gates; the banks with their unthinkable billions of wealth, all buried in safes and vaults of steel.
But the place looked desolate and uncomfortable; some windows stopped up with boards, some with shattered panes, and shutters
hanging by a single hinge,--all telling of coarse neglect and discomfort.
Enormous avalanches fall against it every spring, sometimes covering everything to the depth of thirty or forty feet; and, in spite of walls four feet thick, and furnished with outside shutters
, the two men who stay here when the VOYAGEURS are snugly quartered in their distant homes can tell you that the snow sometimes shakes the house to its foundations.
I couldn't hardly hang on to the shutters
, I was so weak.
As a house, Barton Cottage, though small, was comfortable and compact; but as a cottage it was defective, for the building was regular, the roof was tiled, the window shutters
were not painted green, nor were the walls covered with honeysuckles.
I lingered at the gates; I lingered on the lawn; I paced backwards and forwards on the pavement; the shutters
of the glass door were closed; I could not see into the interior; and both my eyes and spirit seemed drawn from the gloomy house--from the grey-hollow filled with rayless cells, as it appeared to me--to that sky expanded before me,--a blue sea absolved from taint of cloud; the moon ascending it in solemn march; her orb seeming to look up as she left the hill-tops, from behind which she had come, far and farther below her, and aspired to the zenith, midnight dark in its fathomless depth and measureless distance; and for those trembling stars that followed her course; they made my heart tremble, my veins glow when I viewed them.
The light came from thence; they had not put up the shutters
, and the curtains were only half closed.
The sun was shining; and the green shutters
outside the window were closed.