They spent much of their abundant leisure on the margin of Maule's well, which was haunted by a kind of snail
, evidently a titbit to their palates; and the brackish water itself, however nauseous to the rest of the world, was so greatly esteemed by these fowls, that they might be seen tasting, turning up their heads, and smacking their bills, with precisely the air of wine-bibbers round a probationary cask.
He was struggling desperately with a great snail
, clinging to one of its horns, and nearly breaking his poor little back in his efforts to drag it over a blade of grass.
We go like snails
, like snails
that are dying we go so slow.
There was a tang in the very air that inspired the hearts of small maidens tripping, unlike snails
, swiftly and willingly to school; and it WAS jolly to be back again at the little brown desk beside Diana, with Ruby Gillis nodding across the aisle and Carrie Sloane sending up notes and Julia Bell passing a "chew" of gum down from the back seat.
What a struggle between the several kinds of trees must here have gone on during long centuries, each annually scattering its seeds by the thousand; what war between insect and insect--between insects, snails
, and other animals with birds and beasts of prey--all striving to increase, and all feeding on each other or on the trees or their seeds and seedlings, or on the other plants which first clothed the ground and thus checked the growth of the trees
Yet with this high temperature, almost every beetle, several genera of spiders, snails
, and land-shells, toads and lizards were all lying torpid beneath stones.
The great white snails
which persons of quality in former times made fricassees of, ate, and said, "Hem, hem
My boy, I am a snail
are never in a hurry.
It certainly appeared, at first sight, a singular spot to choose, for that or any other purpose of relaxation, if the other cellars answered to the one in which this brief colloquy took place; for the floors were of sodden earth, the walls and roof of damp bare brick tapestried with the tracks of snails
and slugs; the air was sickening, tainted, and offensive.
She thought of the wood, and stole towards it, heedless of long grass and briers: of worms, snails
, and slugs, and all the creeping things that be.
But if he had really shown her any testamentary tenderness, it would be affecting to think of him, poor man, when he was gone; and even his foolish fuss about the flowers and garden-stuff, and his insistence on the subject of snails
, would be touching when it was once fairly at an end.
At length these streets becoming more straggling yet, dwindled and dwindled away, until there were only small garden patches bordering the road, with many a summer house innocent of paint and built of old timber or some fragments of a boat, green as the tough cabbage-stalks that grew about it, and grottoed at the seams with toad-stools and tight-sticking snails
To execute his message the snail
is as sure a messenger as the falcon.
The further off from England the nearer is to France-- Then turn not pale, beloved snail
, but come and join the dance.
There he perceives a cunningly wrought fountain of many-coloured jasper and polished marble; here another of rustic fashion where the little mussel-shells and the spiral white and yellow mansions of the snail
disposed in studious disorder, mingled with fragments of glittering crystal and mock emeralds, make up a work of varied aspect, where art, imitating nature, seems to have outdone it.