There was an instant of whizzing--a soft, though sudden, stop, and slowly the carrier
emerged upon another platform, another attendant raised the lid and Vas Kor stepped out at the station beneath the centre of Greater Helium, seventy-five miles from the point at which he had embarked.
It was pleasant to see Dot, with her little figure, and her baby in her arms: a very doll of a baby: glancing with a coquettish thoughtfulness at the fire, and inclining her delicate little head just enough on one side to let it rest in an odd, half-natural, half-affected, wholly nestling and agreeable manner, on the great rugged figure of the Carrier.
Not in assent- -in dumb and pitying amazement; screwing up her lips the while with all their little force (they were never made for screwing up; I am clear of that), and looking the good Carrier through and through, in her abstraction.
she said, breaking a long silence, which the honest Carrier had devoted to the practical illustration of one part of his favourite sentiment-- certainly enjoying what he ate, if it couldn't be admitted that he ate but little.
Very near though,' murmured the Carrier, with a chuckle; 'very near
In the open air,' replied the Carrier, 'just at dusk.
The Carrier and his wife exchanged a look of perplexity.
Before she could reach it, however, it was opened from without; being a primitive sort of door, with a latch, that any one could lift if he chose--and a good many people did choose, for all kinds of neighbours liked to have a cheerful word or two with the Carrier, though he was no great talker himself.
The Carrier put his hand into a pocket of the coat he had taken off; and brought out, carefully preserved in moss and paper, a tiny flower-pot.
Kit inwardly resolved that he would never tempt a carrier
any more, save with an empty box; and having formed this Christian determination, he turned his thoughts to the second question.
Compare the English carrier and the short-faced tumbler, and see the wonderful difference in their beaks, entailing corresponding differences in their skulls.
Moreover, I do not believe that any ornithologist would place the English carrier, the short-faced tumbler, the runt, the barb, pouter, and fantail in the same genus; more especially as in each of these breeds several truly-inherited sub-breeds, or species as he might have called them, could be shown him.