So when the Old Man was dead each of the youths put a weed
upon his hat and wore it until he was himself old, when, seeing that neither would give in, they agreed that the younger should leave off his weeds
and the elder give him half of the estate.
A FARMER being about to die, and knowing that during his illness his Sons had permitted the vineyard to become overgrown with weeds
while they improved the shining hour by gambling with the doctor, said to them:
Before yet any woodchuck or squirrel had run across the road, or the sun had got above the shrub oaks, while all the dew was on, though the farmers warned me against it -- I would advise you to do all your work if possible while the dew is on -- I began to level the ranks of haughty weeds
in my bean-field and throw dust upon their heads.
There was a feeling of freshness and vigour in the very streets; and when I got free of the town, when my foot was on the sands and my face towards the broad, bright bay, no language can describe the effect of the deep, clear azure of the sky and ocean, the bright morning sunshine on the semicircular barrier of craggy cliffs surmounted by green swelling hills, and on the smooth, wide sands, and the low rocks out at sea--looking, with their clothing of weeds
and moss, like little grass-grown islands--and above all, on the brilliant, sparkling waves.
The evil of these departed years would naturally have sprung up again, in such rank weeds
(symbolic of the transmitted vices of society) as are always prone to root themselves about human dwellings.
She searched about until she found a rather sharp piece of wood and knelt down and dug and weeded
out the weeds
and grass until she made nice little clear places around them.
The outskirt of the garden in which Tess found herself had been left uncultivated for some years, and was now damp and rank with juicy grass which sent up mists of pollen at a touch; and with tall blooming weeds
emitting offensive smells--weeds whose red and yellow and purple hues formed a polychrome as dazzling as that of cultivated flowers.
These piteous wrecks that are my comrades here say we have reached the bottom of the scale, the final humiliation; they say that when a horse is no longer worth the weeds
and discarded rubbish they feed to him, they sell him to the bull-ring for a glass of brandy, to make sport for the people and perish for their pleasure.
There reigns a heavy silence; gaunt weeds
through windows pry, And down the streets of Liang old echoes, wailing, die.
Another time he came upon a working-gang busy at hoeing weeds
. They scarcely noticed him when he came up, though they knew thoroughly well what was going on.
On the fourteenth day I went into the kitchen, and I was surprised to find that the fronds of the red weed
had grown right across the hole in the wall, turning the half-light of the place into a crimson-coloured obscurity.
I caught a glimpse of pieces of stone covered with millions of zoophytes and masses of sea weed
. My feet often slipped upon this sticky carpet of sea weed
, and without my iron-tipped stick I should have fallen more than once.