The Journey was made in safety, Mombi sitting in her place with a grim and sullen air; for the old hag was absolutely helpless so long as the magical thread
encircled her throat.
There are one or two things that I am not up to yet," he answered, with a laugh in the corner of his eye, as he waxed his thread
with a flourish.
Do you consider the weight of a thread
250,000 miles long nothing?
On another occasion (25th) under similar circumstances, I repeatedly observed the same kind of small spider, either when placed or having crawled on some little eminence, elevate its abdomen, send forth a thread
, and then sail away horizontally, but with a rapidity which was quite unaccountable.
Accompanied by a select number of officers of the court, among whom were the two honest men who had already admired the cloth, he went to the crafty impostors, who, as soon as they were aware of the Emperor's approach, went on working more diligently than ever; although they still did not pass a single thread
through the looms.
She was fascinating in her simple black dress, fascinating were her round arms with their bracelets, fascinating was her firm neck with its thread
of pearls, fascinating the straying curls of her loose hair, fascinating the graceful, light movements of her little feet and hands, fascinating was that lovely face in its eagerness, but there was something terrible and cruel in her fascination.
Their owners had evidently come to that spot to make some needful repairs in the stage arrangements, for one of them was engaged in binding together a small gallows with thread
, while the other was intent upon fixing a new black wig, with the aid of a small hammer and some tacks, upon the head of the radical neighbour, who had been beaten bald.
There lay the fixed threads
of the warp subject to but one single, ever returning, unchanging vibration, and that vibration merely enough to admit of the crosswise interblending of other threads
with its own.
But the mingled, mingling threads
of life are woven by warp and woof: calms crossed by storms, a storm for every calm.
Look where we may, the dark threads
and the light cross each other perpetually in the texture of human life.
You shall live in peace, and spin your delicate threads
into a mantle for the stern King; and I will weave golden threads
amid the gray, that when folded over his cold heart gentle thoughts may enter in and make it their home.
You must try and gather together the threads
THAT uses the individual for its own ends, trampling upon him if he thwarts it, rewarding him with medals, pensions, honours, when he serves it faithfully; THIS, strong only in his independence, threads
his way through the state, for convenience' sake, paying in money or service for certain benefits, but with no sense of obligation; and, indifferent to the rewards, asks only to be left alone.
But, as it is not unreasonable to suppose that I may have held its threads
with a more continuous attention than anyone else can have given them during its desultory publication, it is not unreasonable to ask that the weaving may be looked at in its completed state, and with the pattern finished.
Its difficulty was much enhanced by the mode of publication; for, it would be very unreasonable to expect that many readers, pursuing a story in portions from month to month through nineteen months, will, until they have it before them complete, perceive the relations of its finer threads
to the whole pattern which is always before the eyes of the story-weaver at his loom.