Rachel had balanced herself near Helen on the end of the tree trunk
Dwarf pines were numerous upon the hills, and partly fringed the outer verge of the intermediate hollow, within which there was nothing but the brown grass of October, and here and there a tree trunk
that had fallen long ago, and lay mouldering with no green successsor from its roots.
He fastened it together with wooden pegs and made the four wheels out of short pieces of a big tree trunk
. So fast and so well did he work that by the time the mice began to arrive the truck was all ready for them.
He glanced around--at the blankets bowered in a green screen and waiting, at the campfire and the blackened, battered coffee pot, at the well-worn hatchet, half buried in a tree trunk
, and lastly at Saxon.
When, after weeks and weeks of cautious driving of scattered elephants across the hills, the forty or fifty wild monsters were driven into the last stockade, and the big drop gate, made of tree trunks
lashed together, jarred down behind them, Kala Nag, at the word of command, would go into that flaring, trumpeting pandemonium (generally at night, when the flicker of the torches made it difficult to judge distances), and, picking out the biggest and wildest tusker of the mob, would hammer him and hustle him into quiet while the men on the backs of the other elephants roped and tied the smaller ones.
Once it was a wild sow which scuttled out of the bracken, with two young sounders at her heels, and once a lordly red staggard walked daintily out from among the tree trunks
, and looked around him with the fearless gaze of one who lived under the King's own high protection.
The other bank of the stream was open ground -- a gentle slope topped with a stockade of vertical tree trunks
, loopholed for rifles, with a single embrasure through which protruded the muzzle of a brass cannon commanding the bridge.
So no one vexed him as he trotted through the winding pathways between the many houses and past the obscene kingposts of totemic heraldry, where the forms of men, carved from single tree trunks
, were seated in the gaping jaws of carved sharks.
A peculiar stagnant smell hung over the anchorage--a smell of sodden leaves and rotting tree trunks
. I observed the doctor sniffing and sniffing, like someone tasting a bad egg.
Occasional bullets buzzed in the air and spanged into tree trunks
. Wounded men and other stragglers were slinking through the woods.
Then, when the loading finally began, a sleety rain was coming down once more, and the tree trunks
were so slippery that it took twice as long as usual to lift them and get them in place on the sledge.
In the dead water, just inside its mouth, lay a tangled mass of tree trunks
. Some of these, what of the wear and tear of freshets and of being stranded long summers on sand-bars, were seasoned and dry and without branches.