I'll take that piece of coral
away from you, and I THINK I shall slap you besides
Priscy," said Nancy, gently, as she fastened a coral
necklace, exactly like her own, round Priscilla's neck, which was very far from being like her own, "I'm sure I'm willing to give way as far as is right, but who shouldn't dress alike if it isn't sisters?
Herewith I send you, my dear, a string of coral beads with gold clasps; I wish they were Oriental pearls; but "he who gives thee a bone does not wish to see thee dead;" a time will come when we shall become acquainted and meet one another, but God knows the future.
The madness is only this," said she, "that these are the letters of duchesses and governors, and these I have on my neck are fine coral beads, with ave-marias and paternosters of beaten gold, and I am a governess.
I will call my friend, the Nautilus, and he will bear you safely to the Coral Palace where the Spirits dwell.
Lofty arches of snow-white coral bent above him, and the walls of brightly tinted shells were wreathed with lovely sea-flowers, and the sunlight shining on the waves cast silvery shadows on the ground, where sparkling stones glowed in the sand.
He did not know that this Meringe Lagoon, backed by high, forested mountains and fronted and sheltered by the off- shore coral
islets, was anything else than the entire world.
The first and second wives lay in the graveyard, under the white coral
sand, with slabs of coral
rock at head and feet.
And then, our plans made, we rowed ashore over the banks of living coral and pulled our boat up the white beach of coral sand.
And each meeting meant a drink; and there was much to talk about; and more drinks; and songs to be sung; and pranks and antics to be performed, until the maggots of imagination began to crawl, and it all seemed great and wonderful to me, these lusty hard-bitten sea- rovers, of whom I made one, gathered in wassail on a coral strand.
necklace was a very handsome one which had belonged to the Story Girl's mother.
We were squidding that day, out on the reef--you know how, undoubtedly, diving down the face of the wall of the reef, five fathoms, ten fathoms, any depth within reason, and shoving our squid-sticks into the likely holes and crannies of the coral
where squid might be lairing.
In the coral
-producing oceans such sunken islands are now marked, as I believe, by rings of coral
or atolls standing over them.
I have myself published separate volumes on the 'Structure and Distribution of Coral
Reefs;' on the 'Volcanic Islands visited during the Voyage of the Beagle;' and on the 'Geology of South America.
On the very chair which I used to occupy when I was at work Marian was sitting now, with the child industriously sucking his coral
upon her lap--while Laura was standing by the well-remembered drawing-table which I had so often used, with the little album that I had filled for her in past times open under her hand.