With Patsy out of the field it was quite possible the estate would be divided between her cousins, or even go entire to one or the other of them; and this hope constantly buoyed their spirits and filled their days with interest as they watched the fight between their aunt and their cousin.
Happily he was buoyed up by the thought that she understood.
December 13th.--Nine A.M.--At about eight we heaved anchor, having carefully buoyed this very awkward passage.
"Well, just think of that tight white hammock, the light weight of the shot, and the very hot weather--think, too, how easily a fishing-cork is balanced in the water by a very small sinker, and lastly how confined air will buoy up anything--and you have the whole secret of his coming back.
The "flying fish" may serve to suggest an early stage in the development of wings; it is a leaping fish, its extended fins merely buoying it, like the surfaces of an aeroplane, and so prolonging its leap away from its pursuer.