This done, he went on to the pavement to make trial of the bow; thrice did he tug at it, trying with all his might to draw the string
, and thrice he had to leave off, though he had hoped to string
the bow and shoot through the iron.
At the same time Robin Hood threw back the cowl of horse's hide from his face and bent Guy of Gisbourne's bow, with a keen, barbed arrow fitted to the string
And the more money he piled in the house the dearer money became, so that a man worked a longer time for a string
of money than before.
Yet from time to time Alleyne met other wayfarers, and more than once was overtaken by strings
of pack mules and horsemen journeying in the same direction as himself.
Partly by signs, and partly by help of the slate, she showed how the mixture could be applied to the back of the loosened strip of paper in the next room--how the paper could be glued to the sound lower part of the wall by tightening the strings
--how the strings
, having served that purpose, could be safely removed--how the same process could be followed in Geoffrey's room, after the hollowed place had been filled up again with the materials waiting in the scullery, or even without filling up the hollowed place if the time failed for doing it.
Sophia presently complied with the young gentleman's request, and after some previous caution, delivered him her bird; of which he was no sooner in possession, than he slipt the string
from its leg and tossed it into the air.
There was no string
, but I frolicked along with my master to the Twenty-third street ferry.
Now, my dear, suppose you take them and hook them to that little string
Nora fixed across the window.
I say, Lucy," he began, nodding his head up and down with great significance, as he coiled up his string
again, "what do you think I mean to do?
When the people observed I was quiet, they discharged no more arrows; but, by the noise I heard, I knew their numbers increased; and about four yards from me, over against my right ear, I heard a knocking for above an hour, like that of people at work; when turning my head that way, as well as the pegs and strings
would permit me, I saw a stage erected about a foot and a half from the ground, capable of holding four of the inhabitants, with two or three ladders to mount it: from whence one of them, who seemed to be a person of quality, made me a long speech, whereof I understood not one syllable.
And they say (the starry choir And all the listening things) That Israfeli's fire Is owing to that lyre By which he sits and sings - The trembling living wire Of those unusual strings
Having as it were reviewed her kingdom, tested her power, and made sure that everyone was submissive, but that all the same it was dull, Natasha betook herself to the ballroom, picked up her guitar, sat down in a dark corner behind a bookcase, and began to run her fingers over the strings
in the bass, picking out a passage she recalled from an opera she had heard in Petersburg with Prince Andrew.