The party, beneath the guns of his fort, were at his mercy; should an enemy appear in the offing
, he could pack up the most valuable part of the property and retire to some place of concealment, or make off for the interior.
But all that is gone in a few weeks, and the wild winter locks down again on the land; while at sea the ice tears up and down the offing
, jamming and ramming, and splitting and hitting, and pounding and grounding, till it all freezes together, ten feet thick, from the land outward to deep water.
We dismounted, for the last time, and out in the offing
, riding at anchor, we saw the ship
There are zigzag lines on it, just like your temperature on a card, and these are probably roads in the island, for the Neverland is always more or less an island, with astonishing splashes of colour here and there, and coral reefs and rakish-looking craft in the offing
, and savages and lonely lairs, and gnomes who are mostly tailors, and caves through which a river runs, and princes with six elder brothers, and a hut fast going to decay, and one very small old lady with a hooked nose.
The sea in the offing
was black and rolling; thunder-clouds lay low on the horizon, split by broad flashes of lightning.