A hundred times Edna had pictured
Robert's return, and imagined their first meeting.
It was a low-studded room, with a beam across the ceiling, panelled with dark wood, and having a large chimney-piece, set round with pictured
tiles, but now closed by an iron fire-board, through which ran the funnel of a modern stove.
Such an exhibition, however, was but to be pictured
in fancy; not to be anticipated, nor desired.
In his devouring mind's eye, he pictured
to himself every roasting-pig running about with a pudding in his belly, and an apple in his mouth; the pigeons were snugly put to bed in a comfortable pie, and tucked in with a coverlet of crust; the geese were swimming in their own gravy; and the ducks pairing cosily in dishes, like snug married couples, with a decent competency of onion sauce.
All these things he pictured
in his books, and because he was a man of genius he forced the world to hear him.
He had pictured
a distinct and perfectly rational and feasible improvement upon constitutional monarchy, but he was too feather-headed to know it, or care anything about it, either.