As I sat quietly upon the floor of my prison, waiting for the end, my fingers by accident came in contact with the bit of paper in which the things had been wrapped; and as I idly played with it, my mind roaming far back into the past, that I might live again for a few brief moments before I died some of the many happy moments of a long and happy life, I became aware of strange protuberances upon the smooth
surface of the parchment-like substance in my hands.
The view was striking: it may aptly be compared to a framed engraving, where the frame represents the breakers, the marginal paper the smooth lagoon, and the drawing the island itself.
The cove is surrounded by reefs, and the water as smooth as in a lake.
As if at a given signal, the run of the smooth
undulations seemed checked suddenly around the brig.
Just before sunset we found ourselves exactly under the nipple of Sheba's left Breast, which towered thousands of feet into the air, a vast smooth
hillock of frozen snow.
But we shoved off without mischance; the chief mate had the tiller; the third mate the boat-hook; and six or eight oars were at work, in a fashion, as we plunged among the great smooth
sickening mounds and valleys of fathomless ink.
Everywhere are walls, walls, walls, and all of them tasteful and handsome--and eternally substantial; and everywhere are those marvelous pavements, so neat, so smooth
, and so indestructible.
And indeed, no sooner had he uttered these words, when all at once, like the sun going behind a cloud, her face lost all its friendliness, and Levin detected the familiar change in her expression that denoted the working of thought; a crease showed on her smooth
Under the thatch roof supported by smooth
columns, of which each one had cost the life of a straight-stemmed young palm, the scent of flowering hedges drifted in warm waves.
The letter was read and reread until it was nearly worn out; everybody admired its courtly and gracious tone, and smooth
and practiced style, everybody was sympathetic and excited, and the Coopers were steeped in happiness all the while.