The volumes were smaller, and were not so carefully arranged as on the lower shelves. Some were bound in cloth, some were only protected by paper covers; one or two had fallen, and lay flat on the shelves.
I left my seat to fetch the library ladder, determining to begin the work of investigation on the top shelves.
I was assisted to this conclusion by seeing some of them gathered round the master of the boat, at one of the tables, drawing lots with all the anxieties and passions of gamesters depicted in their countenances; while others, with small pieces of cardboard in their hands, were groping among the shelves in search of numbers corresponding with those they had drawn.
Between five and six o'clock in the morning we got up, and some of us went on deck, to give them an opportunity of taking the shelves down; while others, the morning being very cold, crowded round the rusty stove, cherishing the newly kindled fire, and filling the grate with those voluntary contributions of which they had been so liberal all night.
The counter, shelves, and floor had all been scoured, and the latter was overstrewn with fresh blue sand.
Nervously--in a sort of frenzy, we might almost say--she began to busy herself in arranging some children's playthings, and other little wares, on the shelves and at the shop-window.
As the muffins disappear, little by little, the black shelves and nooks and corners begin to appear, and Mr Wegg gradually acquires an imperfect notion that over against him on the chimney-piece is a Hindoo baby in a bottle, curved up with his big head tucked under him, as he would instantly throw a summersault if the bottle were large enough.
He had raised the candle at arm's length towards one of the dark shelves, and Mr Wegg had turned to look, when he broke off.
And so he wandered on, alternating between depression and elation as he stared at the shelves
packed with wisdom.
And then came the city of Oakland, and on the shelves
of that free library I discovered all the great world beyond the skyline.
On his return, he reported that the shelves
of rock on our right would enable us to gain with little risk the bottom of the cataract.
Upon its shelves
rested pyramids of shimmering glasses that were never disturbed.