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?
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.
Delectable it truly was, running up and down the white beach of sand-pounded coral, and, under the wise guidance of Biddy and Terrence, taking part in the excitement of the beach and even adding to it.
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 scent of the spice islands was in his nostrils as he had known it on warm, breathless nights at sea, or he beat up against the southeast trades through long tropic days, sinking palm-tufted coral
islets in the turquoise sea behind and lifting palm-tufted coral
islets in the turquoise sea ahead.
If one leaves Meringe Lagoon, on Ysabel, and steers a course due north, magnetic, at the end of one hundred and fifty miles he will lift the pounded coral beaches of Lord Howe above the sea.
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
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.