This roof was of ancient mud-colored straw thatch a foot thick, and was covered all over, except in a few trifling spots, with a thriving and luxurious growth of green vegetation, mainly moss
No,' she repeated, and continued sauntering on, pausing at intervals to muse over a bit of moss
, or a tuft of blanched grass, or a fungus spreading its bright orange among the heaps of brown foliage; and, ever and anon, her hand was lifted to her averted face.
In the stone face over the great window of the bed-chamber where the murder was done, two fine dints were pointed out in the sculptured nose, which everybody recognised, and which nobody had seen of old; and on the scarce occasions when two or three ragged peasants emerged from the crowd to take a hurried peep at Monsieur the Marquis petrified, a skinny finger would not have pointed to it for a minute, before they all started away among the moss
and leaves, like the more fortunate hares who could find a living there.
I looked down into the crack--it was very deep, and green with moss
, and tall ferns grew about in it, for the damp gathered there.
Goody Tiptoes was busy pushing moss
under the thatch--"The nest is so snug, we shall be sound asleep all winter.
No water, and no other vegetation than the moss
was in evidence, and as I was somewhat thirsty I determined to do a little exploring.
Unnumbered waves Have broidered with green moss
the marble folds About her feet.
A golden sugar-bowl was crowned with violets, earrings set with Alencon stones were displayed on green moss
, and two Chinese screens with their bright landscapes were near by.
The rough floor was spread with deep green moss
, and over wall and roof grew flowery vines, filling the air with their sweet breath; while above played the clear, soft light, casting rosy shadows on the glittering drops that lay among the fragrant leaves; and beneath the vines stood Violet, casting crumbs to the downy little moles who ran fearlessly about and listened as she sang to them.
Words fail me to describe the beauty of the little group--couched on a patch of moss
, on the trunk of the fallen tree, that met my eager gaze: Sylvie reclining with her elbow buried in the moss
, and her rosy cheek resting in the palm of her hand, and Bruno stretched at her feet with his head in her lap.
It would rise to the surface, here and there, in the wet seasons, but in the droughts of summer it was to be traced only by the bogs and moss
that announced the proximity of water.
See how soft the dried leaves are under your feet and how rich and green the moss
is that clings to these old trees.
The first tablet said: 'In the wood, under the moss
, lie the thousand pearls belonging to the king's daughter; they must all be found: and if one be missing by set of sun, he who seeks them will be turned into marble.
In the middle distance symmetrical mounds of woolly green moss
bounded by croquet hoops formed the base of shrubs shaped like orange-trees but studded with large pink and red roses.
That rock, under which sleeps Porthos, who possessed all I have named; this moss
, under which repose Athos and Raoul, who possessed much more