The sun's heat is rarely strong enough to burn, even when it is focused
by dewdrops, as is sometimes the case in more tropical districts.
Gongs and drums, banners and flags, are means whereby the ears and eyes of the host may be focused
on one particular point.
Along their track lay the villages of the hillfolk - mud and earth huts, timbers now and then rudely carved with an axe - clinging like swallows' nests against the steeps, huddled on tiny flats half-way down a three-thousand-foot glissade; jammed into a corner between cliffs that funnelled and focused
every wandering blast; or, for the sake of summer pasture, cowering down on a neck that in winter would be ten feet deep in snow.
Bobby was dusty and dripping long before noon, but his enthusiasm was merely focused
- not diminished.
The house, as the case stood, admirably lent itself; he might wonder at the taste, the native architecture of the particular time, which could rejoice so in the multiplication of doors - the opposite extreme to the modern, the actual almost complete proscription of them; but it had fairly contributed to provoke this obsession of the presence encountered telescopically, as he might say, focused
and studied in diminishing perspective and as by a rest for the elbow.