And those alleys must be likewise hedged at both ends, to keep out the wind; and these closer alleys must be ever finely gravelled
, and no grass, because of going wet.
Before he left the next morning, while taking a pleasant walk with Miss Brooke along the gravelled
terrace, he had mentioned to her that he felt the disadvantage of loneliness, the need of that cheerful companionship with which the presence of youth can lighten or vary the serious toils of maturity.
Then, knowing to an inch where the bulbs which were to produce the black tulip were planted, he ran towards the spot, following, however, the gravelled
walks in order not to be betrayed by his footprints, and, on arriving at the precise spot, he proceeded, with the eagerness of a tiger, to plunge his hand into the soft ground.
The three machines stood like weird night monsters at the gravelled
foot of the wide stairway under the unlighted porte-cochere.
Velvet lawns, gravelled
walks and drives, and flowers formally growing, led up to the group of long low buildings, some of frame and some of concrete.