Familiar as it stands in the writer's recollection,--for it has been an object of curiosity with him from boyhood, both as a specimen of the best and stateliest architecture of a longpast epoch, and as the scene of events more full of human interest, perhaps, than those of a gray feudal castle,--familiar as it stands, in its rusty old age, it is therefore only the more difficult to imagine the bright novelty with which it first caught the sunshine
Two or three of their number, as I was assured, being gouty and rheumatic, or perhaps bed-ridden, never dreamed of making their appearance at the Custom-House during a large part of the year; but, after a torpid winter, would creep out into the warm sunshine
of May or June, go lazily about what they termed duty, and, at their own leisure and convenience, betake themselves to bed again.
Now the cottage stood by the edge of a great green forest where the wind was always singing in the branches and the sunshine
filtering through the leaves.
This is nearly yours, only there are clouds; but then they are so soft and mellow: it is nicer than sunshine
And when the sunshine
grew strong and lasting, so that the buttercups were thick in the meadows, Silas might be seen in the sunny midday, or in the late afternoon when the shadows were lengthening under the hedgerows, strolling out with uncovered head to carry Eppie beyond the Stone-pits to where the flowers grew, till they reached some favourite bank where he could sit down, while Eppie toddled to pluck the flowers, and make remarks to the winged things that murmured happily above the bright petals, calling "Dad-dad's" attention continually by bringing him the flowers.
So seductive was the sunshine
that even the shy trout leapt at noonday, eager apparently to change his silver for gold.
I have now reached the sunshine
since, in the first place, I am living so close to you as almost to be with you (which is a great consolation to my mind), while, in the second place, a neighbour of mine named Rataziaev (the retired official who gives the literary parties) has today invited me to tea.
The innumerable trunks and heavy foliage of the trees had hitherto shut in their thoughts, which now shrank affrighted from the region of wind and cloud and naked rocks and desolate sunshine
, that rose immeasurably above them.
They had sported in the gladsome sunshine
of the present, and so had forgotten the shadowy region of the past, in the midst of which stood Grandfather's chair.
They had but to lift their eyes, and there it was plainly to be seen, though miles away, with the sunshine
brightening all its features.
He was of a noble aspect, and rather handsome, but looked sullen and discontented; and he kept rubbing his eyes and shading them with his hand, as if he did not live enough in the sunshine
to be very fond of its light.
The vivid colours of their draped raiment and the gold of their earrings invested with a barbaric and regal magnificence their figures, stepping out freely in a shower of broken sunshine
It has stood perhaps by the clustering apple-blossoms, or in the broad sunshine
by the cornfield, or at a turning by the wood where a clear brook was gurgling below; and surely, if there came a traveller to this world who knew nothing of the story of man's life upon it, this image of agony would seem to him strangely out of place in the midst of this joyous nature.
Unfortunately for Astoria, this bright gleam of sunshine
was soon overclouded.
Gaily bedight, A gallant knight, In sunshine
and in shadow, Had journeyed long, Singing a song, In search of Eldorado.