Meanwhile the fog and darkness thickened so, that people ran about with flaring
links, proffering their services to go before horses in carriages, and conduct them on their way.
What Little Toomai liked was to scramble up bridle paths that only an elephant could take; the dip into the valley below; the glimpses of the wild elephants browsing miles away; the rush of the frightened pig and peacock under Kala Nag's feet; the blinding warm rains, when all the hills and valleys smoked; the beautiful misty mornings when nobody knew where they would camp that night; the steady, cautious drive of the wild elephants, and the mad rush and blaze and hullabaloo of the last night's drive, when the elephants poured into the stockade like boulders in a landslide, found that they could not get out, and flung themselves at the heavy posts only to be driven back by yells and flaring
torches and volleys of blank cartridge.
Turning round, de Sucy recognized the young aide-de-camp in the flaring
of the flames.
But in all of them I heard a certain sound: a thud-thud-thud, like the beating of some big engine; and I discovered, from the flaring
of my matches, that a steady current of air set down the shafts.
The summons was answered by a bond-servant, a coarse-clad and dull-featured piece of humanity, who, after ascertaining that his master was the applicant, undid the door, and held a flaring
pineknot torch to light him in.
Elizabeth saw thousands of these fish swimming in shoals along the shallow and warm waters of the shore; for the flaring
light of their torch laid bare the mysteries of the lake, as plainly as if the limpid sheet of the Otsego was but another atmosphere.
In the circle of light projected from the outer gate a detachment of the populace stood watching the carriages roll in; the court was illumined with flaring
torches and the portico carpeted with crimson.
He could hear the flaring
bows cut and squelch, and there was a pause ere the divided waters came down on the deck above, like a volley of buck-shot.
He had been goaded into flaring
back and both had been thoroughly angry when they separated, yet he was conscious that he came nearer a feeling of affection for her than for any living person.
Striding through the scattered knots of people who lounged round the flaring
stalls, my companion speedily overtook the little man and touched him upon the shoulder.
With rows of flaring
torches to light it up, and the colour and rude hilarity of an old-time banquet, it might have softened; but now, when two black-clothed gentlemen sat in the little circle of light thrown by a shaded lamp, one's voice became hushed and one's spirit subdued.
He told us of the globe, a huge mass of flaming gas, flaring
through the heavens.
But in the city where the painted stucco blisters under the smoky sun, and the sooty rain brings slush and mud, and the snow lies piled in dirty heaps, and the chill blasts whistle down dingy streets and shriek round flaring
gas lit corners, no face of Nature charms us.
Snagsby and the proprietress of the house--a drunken face tied up in a black bundle, and flaring
out of a heap of rags on the floor of a dog- hutch which is her private apartment--leads to the establishment of this conclusion.
But, disenchanted though Gringoire was, the whole effect of this picture was not without its charm and its magic; the bonfire illuminated, with a red flaring
light, which trembled, all alive, over the circle of faces in the crowd, on the brow of the young girl, and at the background of the Place cast a pallid reflection, on one side upon the ancient, black, and wrinkled façade of the House of Pillars, on the other, upon the old stone gibbet.