Skirting along the north fork
for a day or two, excessively annoyed by musquitoes and buffalo gnats, they reached, in the evening of the 17th, a small but beautiful grove, from which issued the confused notes of singing birds, the first they had heard since crossing the boundary of Missouri.
The host seemed to think some apology necessary for the warmth he had betrayed on the subject of the firewood, and when the party were comfortably seated, and engaged with their knives and forks
, he observed:
Colter flew rather than ran; he was astonished at his own speed; but he had six miles of prairie to traverse before he should reach the Jefferson Fork
of the Missouri; how could he hope to hold out such a distance with the fearful odds of several hundred to one against him
My orders were to take no notice so long as they circulated, but open slave-dealing in the Fork
, was too much.
Father Brown put down the small silver fish and the fork
and stared across at his companion.
By-and-by he dug so close to her that the fire-beams were reflected as distinctly from the steel prongs of his fork
as from her own.
I laid down the knife and fork
with dignity and took a side seat and Joe went for the wretched creature.
Above the fork
of the tree whereon we rested was a pile of dead branches and brush.
The next moment, craftily lifted up about the girth of his leg by an iron fork
, the noose tightened and the bite of it sank home into his flesh and pride.
Then he turned deliberately and took the right fork
In his haste and abstraction he stuck a pickle-fork
into his right eye, and on removing the fork
the eye came with it.
The face of the young man contracted into a frown: he sat silent, with his fork
in his hand, playing absently with the fragments on his plate.
But before the first chink of knife and fork
this army of retainers had vanished, only the one or two required to collect and distribute the plates darting about in deathly silence.
First she gathered it together, stuck the fork
into it, then with a rapid, supple movement leaned the whole weight of her body on it, and at once with a bend of her back under the red belt she drew herself up, and arching her full bosom under the white smock, with a smart turn swung the fork
in her arms, and flung the bundle of hay high onto the cart.
A knife became suggestive of a fork
; and Miss Landless's brother had thrown a fork