He longed to be a boy again, like those he saw sauntering through the quadrangle
, so that, avoiding his mistakes, he might start fresh and make something more out of life.
When we were out in the darkness of the quadrangle
, we again looked up at the windows.
And so they passed on through the quadrangle and a small courtyard, upon which looked down a lot of little windows (belonging, as his guide informed him, to some of the School-house studies), into the matron's room, where East introduced Tom to that dignitary; made him give up the key of his trunk, that the matron might unpack his linen, and told the story of the hat and of his own presence of mind: upon the relation whereof the matron laughingly scolded him for the coolest new boy in the house; and East, indignant at the accusation of newness, marched Tom off into the quadrangle, and began showing him the schools, and examining him as to his literary attainments; the result of which was a prophecy that they would be in the same form, and could do their lessons together.
Tom followed his guide through the School-house hall, which opens into the quadrangle.
As soon as dinner was over, and Tom had been questioned by such of his neighbours as were curious as to his birth, parentage, education, and other like matters, East, who evidently enjoyed his new dignity of patron and mentor, proposed having a look at the close, which Tom, athirst for knowledge, gladly assented to; and they went out through the quadrangle and past the big fives court, into the great playground.
Neither wind nor sun, however, favoured Staple Inn one December afternoon towards six o'clock, when it was filled with fog, and candles shed murky and blurred rays through the windows of all its then-occupied sets of chambers; notably from a set of chambers in a corner house in the little inner quadrangle, presenting in black and white over its ugly portal the mysterious inscription:
Behind the most ancient part of Holborn, London, where certain gabled houses some centuries of age still stand looking on the public way, as if disconsolately looking for the Old Bourne that has long run dry, is a little nook composed of two irregular quadrangles, called Staple Inn.
But on crossing the quadrangle
outside, I passed Madame Fosco, walking by herself in her favourite circle, round and round the great fish- pond.
Razumov crossed a quadrangle
of deep snow enclosed between high walls with innumerable windows.
To this would succeed a labyrinth of bare passages and pillared galleries, with the family procession already preparing in the quadrangle
below, through the carriages and luggage being brought together by the servants for the day's journey.
The narrow passage led us into a quadrangle
paved with flags and lined by sordid dwellings.
Sonia's room looked like a barn; it was a very irregular quadrangle
and this gave it a grotesque appearance.