Then the maiden opened the box and took the ring out, and it glittered
as she held it like the clearest sunbeam.
In that neighbourhood there were two villages, one of them so small that it had neither apothecary's shop nor barber, which the other that was close to it had, so the barber of the larger served the smaller, and in it there was a sick man who required to be bled and another man who wanted to be shaved, and on this errand the barber was going, carrying with him a brass basin; but as luck would have it, as he was on the way it began to rain, and not to spoil his hat, which probably was a new one, he put the basin on his head, and being clean it glittered
at half a league's distance.
Suddenly, the brown tiles shone, the mosses glittered
, fantastic shadows danced upon the meadows and beneath the trees; fading colors revived; striking contrasts developed, the foliage of the trees and shrubs defined itself more clearly in the light.
The ground was hard as iron, the frost still rigorous; as he brushed among the hollies, icicles jingled and glittered
in their fall; and wherever he went, a volley of eager sparrows followed him.
Above the shoulder of a weedy bank the sea glittered
In an instant his sword glittered
in his hand, and he sprang upon his adversary, whom, thanks to his great youthfulness, he hoped to intimidate.
As they approached the Piazza del Popolo, the crowd became more dense, and above the heads of the multitude two objects were visible: the obelisk, surmounted by a cross, which marks the centre of the square, and in front of the obelisk, at the point where the three streets, del Babuino, del Corso, and di Ripetta, meet, the two uprights of the scaffold, between which glittered
the curved knife of the mandaia.
The sea glittered
brightly in the sun and was as smooth as a mirror, and so calm that they could scarcely distinguish its murmur; sparrows chirped joyfully and the immense canopy of heaven spread over it all.