He led the way into the chamber in which lay the several corpses upon their marble slabs
, and going to a cabinet he donned a pair of huge spectacles and commenced to select various tools from little compartments.
John's, for, if he be of any pretensions at all, he has an ancestor buried there, with a queer, crooked slab
at his head, or else sprawling protectively over the grave, on which all the main facts of his history are recorded.
Others, with slabs
of bacon and joints of dried meat upon the ends of their pikes, held them up to the blaze or tore at them ravenously with their teeth.
Then there was a Mexican who sold big slabs
of brown chewing taffy for five cents each.
All around, there were monuments carved with armorial bearings; and on this simple slab
of slate -- as the curious investigator may still discern, and perplex himself with the purport -- there appeared the semblance of an engraved escutcheon.
But he didn't move, and he presently produced something that made me drop straight down on the stone slab
, as if suddenly to rest.
There sat the long-legged pauper, on his bed, in a very short shirt, and nothing more; he was dangling his legs contentedly back and forth, and wheezing the music of "Camptown Races" out of a paper-overlaid comb which he was pressing against his mouth; by him lay a new jewsharp, a new top, and solid india-rubber ball, a handful of painted marbles, five pounds of "store" candy, and a well-gnawed slab
of gingerbread as big and as thick as a volume of sheet-music.
He was quiet and attentive; watched the opening proceedings with a grave interest; and stood with his hands resting on the slab
of wood before him, so composedly, that they had not displaced a leaf of the herbs with which it was strewn.
He had left his desk, brought out his two greasy office candlesticks and stood them in line with the snuffers on a slab
near the door, ready to be extinguished; he had raked his fire low, put his hat and great-coat ready, and was beating himself all over the chest with his safe-key, as an athletic exercise after business.
Little had been left besides the framework of the house, but in one corner there was a stone slab
laid down by way of hearth and an old rusty iron basket to contain the fire.
Go into your garden and lift up the little marble slab
at the foot of the great myrtle tree.
They closed the grave with a heavy stone until a slab
was ready which Ambrosio said he meant to have prepared, with an epitaph which was to be to this effect:
They were followed by gray days under the cover of high, motionless clouds that looked as if carved in a slab
of ash-coloured marble.
The worthy Cropoli, after these recommendations, had only sufficient time to point out to his young successor a chimney, under the slab
of which he had hidden a thousand ten-franc pieces, and then expired.
Evidently, as they had dragged the stone up they had thrust the chunks of wood into the chink, until at last, when the opening was large enough to crawl through, they would hold it open by a billet placed lengthwise, which might very well become indented at the lower end, since the whole weight of the stone would press it down on to the edge of this other slab