Prince Maiyo left Devenham House to find the stars paling
in the sky, and the light of an April dawn breaking through the black clouds eastwards.
Surgeon-Major Thomson reeled for a moment and caught at the paling
by his side.
On the further side of the pond the ground sloped downward toward the south, and revealed, over a low paling
, a pretty view of a village and its church, backed by fir woods mounting the heathy sides of a range of hills beyond.
There was the paling
behind which we had knelt to watch the snaring of the ducks; there was the hole through which "Trim," the terrier, had shown himself to rouse the stupid curiosity of the water-fowl; there, seen at intervals through the trees, was the winding woodland path along which Mary and I had traced our way to Dermody's cottage on the day when my father's cruel hand had torn us from each other.
In front of us, at a distance of two hundred yards or so as well as I could calculate, rose a black mass, which gradually resolved itself, as my eyes became accustomed to the twilight, into a long, low, and ancient house, with a hedge of evergreens and a pitch-black paling
in front of it.
A slender shapely young aspen rose up before them against the fine maize and emerald and paling
rose of the western sky, which brought out every leaf and twig in dark, tremulous, elfin loveliness.
My roses have behaved as well on the whole as was to be expected, and the Viscountess Folkestones and Laurette Messimys have been most beautiful, the latter being quite the loveliest things in the garden, each flower an exquisite loose cluster of coral-pink petals, paling
at the base to a yellow-white.