With a single flip of the tip it sent poor Nobs sailing through the air a hundred feet above the ground, straight back into the clump of acacias
from which the beast had leaped upon our kill--and then the grotesque thing sank lifeless to the ground.
When that time came, and when, before it was over, the acacias
all blossomed too, and four great clumps of pale, silvery-pink peonies flowered under the south windows, I felt so absolutely happy, and blest, and thankful, and grateful, that I really cannot describe it.
He pricked up his horse, and riding out from behind the acacias
he saw a hired three-horse sledge from the railway station, and a gentleman in a fur coat.
It had no park, but the pleasure-grounds were tolerably extensive; and like every other place of the same degree of importance, it had its open shrubbery, and closer wood walk, a road of smooth gravel winding round a plantation, led to the front, the lawn was dotted over with timber, the house itself was under the guardianship of the fir, the mountain-ash, and the acacia
, and a thick screen of them altogether, interspersed with tall Lombardy poplars, shut out the offices.
Then she climbed an acacia
, and nestling into its tufted top, she watched the stranger with the inquisitive attention of the forest birds.
He then, with noiseless haste, took out the horse that he had ridden on the previous evening, saddled and bridled it himself and led the animal into the alley to the right of the kitchen-garden, opened a side door which conducted him to a bridle road, shut it after him, and D'Artagnan saw him pass by like a dart, bending, as he went, beneath the pendent flowery branches of maple and acacia