At first there was a deep silence, not only within the shadow of the Talking Oak, but all through the solitary wood.
This showed some intelligence in the oak; else how should it have known that any such person existed?
But after a while, Jason observed that the foliage of a great branch which stretched above his head had begun to rustle, as if the wind were stirring that one bough, while all the other boughs of the oak were at rest.
"And now," cried he, as he stood gazing at the calm, majestic face of the statue, "I must go to the Talking Oak and inquire what next to do."
Carved oak is very pleasant to look at, and to have a little of, but it is no doubt somewhat depressing to live in, for those whose fancy does not lie that way.
No, what was sad in his case was that he, who didn't care for carved oak, should have his drawing-room panelled with it, while people who do care for it have to pay enormous prices to get it.
"The figure lies within that block of oak, and it is my business to find it."
As Copley departed, happening to glance backward from the threshold, he beheld Drowne bending over the half-created shape, and stretching forth his arms as if he would have embraced and drawn it to his heart; while, had such a miracle been possible, his countenance expressed passion enough to communicate warmth and sensibility to the lifeless oak.
The face was still imperfect; but gradually, by a magic touch, intelligence and sensibility brightened through the features, with all the effect of light gleaming forth from within the solid oak. The face became alive.
A well-spring of inward wisdom gushed within me as I wrought upon the oak with my whole strength, and soul, and faith.
He explained his absence by saying that he had a headache and went out into the fresh air, but had gone no further than the oak
That is to say, the road leads those to Greenton who succeed in passing the Oak