And they walked gravely down the aisle
and stood over against the chancel.
It was supplied with two rows of seats, perpendicular to the direction of the train on either side of an aisle
which conducted to the front and rear platforms.
Of animal life there was no movement amid the majestic vaulted aisles
which stretched from us as we walked, but a constant movement far above our heads told of that multitudinous world of snake and monkey, bird and sloth, which lived in the sunshine, and looked down in wonder at our tiny, dark, stumbling figures in the obscure depths immeasurably below them.
He can picnic in shady woods, ramble through leafy aisles
, and linger on mossy seats to watch the sunset.
We loitered through the grand aisles
for an hour or two, staring up at the rich stained-glass windows embellished with blue and yellow and crimson saints and martyrs, and trying to admire the numberless great pictures in the chapels, and then we were admitted to the sacristy and shown the magnificent robes which the Pope wore when he crowned Napoleon I; a wagon-load of solid gold and silver utensils used in the great public processions and ceremonies of the church; some nails of the true cross, a fragment of the cross itself, a part of the crown of thorns.
In the midst of abuses, in the heart of cities, in the aisles
of false churches, alike in one place and in another,--wherever, namely, a just and heroic soul finds itself, there it will do what is next at hand, and by the new quality of character it shall put forth it shall abrogate that old condition, law or school in which it stands, before the law of its own mind.
There are, invariably, two naves, which intersect in a cross, and whose upper portion, rounded into an apse, forms the choir; there are always the side aisles
, for interior processions, for chapels,--a sort of lateral walks or promenades where the principal nave discharges itself through the spaces between the pillars.
But though they did not go abroad, they lived a merry life within the woodlands, spending the days in shooting at garlands hung upon a willow wand at the end of the glade, the leafy aisles
ringing with merry jests and laughter: for whoever missed the garland was given a sound buffet, which, if delivered by Little John, never failed to topple over the unfortunate yeoman.
A ragged, ebony giant, squatted on the floor in one of the aisles
, watched the orator with burning eyes and tremulous face until the supreme burst of applause came, and then the tears ran down his face.
Hauptmann Fritz Schneider trudged wearily through the somber aisles
of the dark forest.
But no beast attacked me, though I saw several menacing forms passing through the dark aisles
of the forest.
Up and down the long grassy aisles
they wandered, reading the quaint, voluminous epitaphs, carved in an age that had more leisure than our own.
And when it has got in; as one not finding what it seeks, whatever that may be, it wails and howls to issue forth again: and not content with stalking through the aisles
, and gliding round and round the pillars, and tempting the deep organ, soars up to the roof, and strives to rend the rafters: then flings itself despairingly upon the stones below, and passes, muttering, into the vaults.
And Michael's jaw dropped down, his throat vibrated, his forefeet made restless little movements as if in the body he were running, as truly he was running in the mind, back to Steward, back through all the ages to the lost pack, and with the shadowy lost pack itself across the snowy wastes and through the forest aisles
in the hunt of the meat.
The carved pedestals were black with use, the wooden seats were worn hollow, the floor of stone slabs was polished by the contact of possibly millions of naked feet and worn away in the aisles
between the pedestals so that the latter rested upon little mounds of stone several inches above the general level of the floor.