Benches surrounded this open space upon three sides
, and along the fourth were heaped huge bowlders which rose in receding tiers toward the roof.
Here is a hole in the side two ells across, the sail split through the centre, and the wood as bare as a friar's poll.
The pirate leader had stood by the bulwarks, a cord round his arms, and two stout archers on either side.
A small table of rock which projected over the precipice on one side of the stream, and was drenched by the spray of the fall, sustained a huge trunk of a tree which must have been deposited there by some heavy freshet.
But the most annoying hindrance we encountered was from a multitude of crooked boughs, which, shooting out almost horizontally from the sides of the chasm, twisted themselves together in fantastic masses almost to the surface of the stream, affording us no passage except under the low arches which they formed.
If they get up the sides
of the hill, they could easy spy us with a glass; but if they'll only keep in the foot of the valley, we'll do yet.
They stood side
, watching and listening and smelling.
On the other side
of the water they could see the road of yellow brick running through a beautiful country, with green meadows dotted with bright flowers and all the road bordered with trees hanging full of delicious fruits.
The other side
of the Manger is formed by the Dragon's Hill, a curious little round self-confident fellow, thrown forward from the range, utterly unlike everything round him.
It was plain, therefore, that the attack would be developed from the north and that on the other three sides
we were only to be annoyed by a show of hostilities.
Now bees, as may be clearly seen by examining the edge of a growing comb, do make a rough, circumferential wall or rim all round the comb; and they gnaw into this from the opposite sides
, always working circularly as they deepen each cell.
As the lazy current of the eddy carried me slowly about the periphery of the watery circle my boat twice touched the rocky side
of the river in the dark recess beneath the cliff.