Traced along the course of the spine was accurately delineated the slender, tapering and diamond checkered
shaft of the beautiful 'artu' tree.
On arriving under the lozenges, by turns luminous and dark, which checkered
the ground of this path according as the trees were more or less in leaf, the young prince perceived a gentleman walking with his arms behind him, apparently plunged in a deep meditation.
Their summits were crowned with extensive tracts of pitch pine, checkered
with small patches of the quivering aspen.
There were still, hot hollows surrounded by wet rocks where he could hardly breathe for the heavy scents of the night flowers and the bloom along the creeper buds; dark avenues where the moonlight lay in belts as regular as checkered
marbles in a church aisle; thickets where the wet young growth stood breast-high about him and threw its arms round his waist; and hilltops crowned with broken rock, where he leaped from stone to stone above the lairs of the frightened little foxes.
A litter of empty tins showed that the place had been occupied for some time, and I saw, as my eyes became accustomed to the checkered
light, a pannikin and a half-full bottle of spirits standing in the corner.
It was bare and cool, with a table covered with a coarse checkered
cloth and adorned by a bottle of pickles and a blueberry pie under a cage.
Below, was the broad, level plain of Esdraelon, checkered
with fields like a chess-board, and full as smooth and level, seemingly; dotted about its borders with white, compact villages, and faintly penciled, far and near, with the curving lines of roads and trails.
There also stood a large arm-chair and a large table, compasses, alembics, skeletons of animals suspended from the ceiling, a globe rolling on the floor, hippocephali mingled promiscuously with drinking cups, in which quivered leaves of gold, skulls placed upon vellum checkered
with figures and characters, huge manuscripts piled up wide open, without mercy on the cracking corners of the parchment; in short, all the rubbish of science, and everywhere on this confusion dust and spiders' webs; but there was no circle of luminous letters, no doctor in an ecstasy contemplating the flaming vision, as the eagle gazes upon the sun.