Thus the trio sped through the coming of autumn dusk, outflying the fallen leaves that tumbled upon the wind.
Stanzas by Mrs. Howitt.--Caspian Sea.--Astracan.--Droll Legend.--Yellow Sea.--The Japanese.--Monsoons.--Trade Winds.--Description of a Monsoon.--Asia.--The Red Sea.--Isthmus of Suez.--An Interesting Locality.--The Arabs.--Sea of Aral.--Chinese Islands.--Fishing for Mice.--The Typhon.--Fishing Birds.--Cinnamon Forests.--Eating Birds' Nests.--Bible Lands.--The Sea of Galilee.--The Dead Sea.--The Slave Merchant.--A Japan Puzzle CHAPTER V. Story of Era.--Assistance of Goodwill.--Madeira.--Man-of-War.--Dinner on Ship-board.--Computing Latitude.--Pipe to Dinner.--The Azores.-- Newfoundland.--Newfoundland Dogs.--Greenland.--Whale Fishing.--Flying Fish.--A Ship In the Polar Regions.--An Awful Sight.--The Geysers.
Truncheons (8) were seen flying out before the palace from the hand of many a knight.
When Orville Wright hid himself in South Carolina to perfect his flying- machine he objected to what he called the "spying" of the correspondents.
Beams are crackling--posts are shrinking-- Walls are sinking--windows clinking Children crying-- Mothers flying-- And the beast (the black ruin yet smoldering under) Yells the howl of its pain and its ghastly wonder!
=The Whirlwind= Whirlwind, Whirlwind, whither art thou hieing, Snapping off the flowers young and fair;-- Setting all the chaff and the withered leaves a-flying,-- Tossing up the dust in the air?
But before the children had come up to them, the Wind Creatures suddenly joined hands,--as they do just before flying,--and started running down the sloping hill that ended the forest.
Not being a crow, however, nor fitted up with an apparatus for flying,--destitute even of a balloon,--I am compelled to adopt the means of locomotion which the bounty of God or the ingenuity of man affords me, and to spend a somewhat longer time in transit to my destination.
And she fell to work with a will, so briskly to work that she did not realize how time was flying,--did not, strangest of all, hear the letting off of steam when the "Heather Bell" moored at the wharf; and she was still busily turning and lifting and separating the stalks of flax, bending low over the frame, heated, hurrying, her whole heart in her work, when Donald came striding up the field from the wharf,--striding at his greatest pace, for he was disturbed at not finding Elspie at the landing to meet him.
The pale religious, which was the pledge Of a kisse lascivious, I have given backe, Ey, and to boote the water; but within There's such a coyle betwixt the 2 young giurles Such quakinge, shakinge, quiveringe, shiveringe Such cryeinge, and such talk of flyinge, then of hyding, And that there's no abydinge; one cryes out and calls, The others redy to breake downe the walls; Then weepinge they whisper together, And saye they woold roone if they knew whither, And are indeede putt to such strange affrights That I was afrayde they weare hunted with sprights, And therefore cam and left them: lass, poor giurles, They are in piteous feare.
"Surely," said the gossips, "it cannot be that gypsy niece of the Squire, that odd, black-browed girl, who scours over the country in all weathers, on that elfish black pony, with her hair flying,--for all the world as though in search of her wild relations.
Now I'm free"--she threw her arms out with the gesture of flying--"I'm free to love just you.
These are great incentives; not for any of these, but for the plain satisfaction of living, of being about their business in some sort or other, do the brave, serviceable men of every nation tread down the nettle danger, and pass flyingly over all the stumbling-blocks of prudence.
And, moreover, as I have told, the air of the Night Land was grown over-weak to uphold such a thing; which, I doubt not, had made the Peoples of the Pyramid to cease from flyings, quite so much as that they did fear the Forces of Evil in the night.
I had not thought of the simple and unaffected joy of the heart of natural things; the colour of the open air, the many forms of the country, the birds flying,--that one making for the sea; the abandoned boat, the dwarf roses and the wild lavender; nor had I thought of the beauty of mildness in life, and how by a certain avoidance of the wilfully passionate, and the surely ugly, we may secure an aspect of temporal life which is abiding and soul-sufficing.
Sweet and fresh in and out, with white deck, the chairs and settees all painted green, and a gay streamer flying,--white, with three green bars,--and "Donald Mackintosh, Captain," in green letters, and below these a spray of pink heather, she looked more like a craft for festive sailing than for cruising about from one farm-landing to another, picking up odds and ends of farm produce,--eggs and butter, and oats and wool,--with now and then a passenger.
She'll go in a two-horse carriage--she's no highflying proprietress.
A most extraordinary case, truly, cried the maiden; fanning, yet coming in with her Well-but's!--and her sifting Pray, Sir's!--and her restraining Enough, Sir's.--flying from the question to the question--her seat now-and-then uneasy, for fear my want of delicacy should hurt her abundant modesty; and yet it was difficult to satisfy her super-abundant curiosity.
He grasps and holds and sustains them amidst the multiplicity of upflying thoughts and thick-coming fancies;--no matter how subtile or how aspiring they may be, he fastens them in the chamber of his imagination until his distant purpose is accomplished, and he has found a language for them which the world will understand.
When Scevinus is speaking we seem to be listening to the voice of Shakespeare's Cassius: witness the exhortation to Piso,-- "O Piso thinke, Thinke on that day when in the Parthian fields Thou cryedst to th'flying Legions to turne And looke Death in the face; he was not grim, But faire and lovely when he came in armes."