His only resource on such occasions, either to drown thought or drive away evil spirits, was to sing psalm tunes and the good people of Sleepy Hollow, as they sat by their doors of an evening, were often filled with awe at hearing his nasal melody, "in linked sweetness long drawn out," floating from the distant hill, or along the dusky road.
Another of his sources of fearful pleasure was to pass long winter evenings with the old Dutch wives, as they sat spinning by the fire, with a row of apples roasting and spluttering along the hearth, and listen to their marvellous tales of ghosts and goblins, and haunted fields, and haunted brooks, and haunted bridges, and haunted houses, and particularly of the headless horseman, or Galloping Hessian of the Hollow, as they sometimes called him.
The golden skirts of day were yet lingering upon the hills, but deep shades obscured the hollow
and the pool, as if sombre night were rising thence to overspread the world.
Then he clambered up to the rim of the hollow, and crawled about among the ferns and bushes.
But if falls away towards Mapleton, and you can see from here that there is a long hollow over yonder, which must have been very wet on Monday night.
said Nikita reproachfully, addressing the drift and the hollow and shaking the snow from under his collar.
Having found the whip he tried to climb straight up the bank where he had rolled down, but it was impossible to do so: he kept rolling down again, and so he had to go along at the foot of the hollow to find a way up.
Rachel found abundant time to sit for hours at her kitchen window, knitting "cotton warp" quilts--she had knitted sixteen of them, as Avonlea housekeepers were wont to tell in awed voices--and keeping a sharp eye on the main road that crossed the hollow and wound up the steep red hill beyond.
And yet here was Matthew Cuthbert, at half-past three on the afternoon of a busy day, placidly driving over the hollow and up the hill; moreover, he wore a white collar and his best suit of clothes, which was plain proof that he was going out of Avonlea; and he had the buggy and the sorrel mare, which betokened that he was going a considerable distance.
So high as heaved the tumid hills, so low Down sunk a hollow bottom broad and deep, Capacious bed of waters.
But it is easiest, as they who work on the highways know, to find the hollows by the puddles after a shower.
However, he said that the sound proceeded from a very large owl, in a hollow
tree; a sort of learned owl, that continually knocked its head against the branches.
The grass was up to their waists in the middle of the hollow
, soft, tender, and feathery, spotted here and there among the trees with wild heart's-ease.
I reject you, and all of your kith and kin--all the false, hollow
, heartless stock.
But now it had the charm for her which any broken ground, any mimic rock and ravine, have for the eyes that rest habitually on the level; especially in summer, when she could sit on a grassy hollow
under the shadow of a branching ash, stooping aslant from the steep above her, and listen to the hum of insects, like tiniest bells on the garment of Silence, or see the sunlight piercing the distant boughs, as if to chase and drive home the truant heavenly blue of the wild hyacinths.