The wide expanse that opened out before the heights on which the Russian batteries stood guarding the bridge
was at times veiled by a diaphanous curtain of slanting rain, and then, suddenly spread out in the sunlight, far-distant objects could be clearly seen glittering as though freshly varnished.
He did not in any way exaggerate the condition of the bridge
. It may be taken for granted that, rash as the Americans usually are, when they are prudent there is good reason for it.
When he reached the Abbey, he turned back and crossed Westminster Bridge
and sat down to watch the trails of smoke behind the Houses of Parliament catch fire with the sunset.
Before crossing the bridge
which led to Zembin, he confided the fate of his own rear-guard now left in Studzianka to Eble, the savior of all those who survived the calamities of the Beresina.
So back we went and round by the crossroads, but by the time we got to the bridge
it was very nearly dark; we could just see that the water was over the middle of it; but as that happened sometimes when the floods were out, master did not stop.
I turned to take the road back, and stopped, struck by the tranquil beauty of the last faint light in the western sky, shining behind the black line formed by the parapet of the bridge
These movements left the condemned man and the sergeant standing on the two ends of the same plank, which spanned three of the cross-ties of the bridge
. The end upon which the civilian stood almost, but not quite, reached a fourth.
That little girl is watching it too; she has been standing on just the same spot at the edge of the water ever since I paused on the bridge
. And that queer white cur with the brown ear seems to be leaping and barking in ineffectual remonstrance with the wheel; perhaps he is jealous because his playfellow in the beaver bonnet is so rapt in its movement.
Gub-Gub was a bit scared, walking on such a narrow bridge
at that dizzy height above the river.
He stood at my side on the bridge
as the ship glided closer and closer to those stupendous waves.
The church clocks chimed three quarters past eleven, as two figures emerged on London Bridge
. One, which advanced with a swift and rapid step, was that of a woman who looked eagerly about her as though in quest of some expected object; the other figure was that of a man, who slunk along in the deepest shadow he could find, and, at some distance, accommodated his pace to hers: stopping when she stopped: and as she moved again, creeping stealthily on: but never allowing himself, in the ardour of his pursuit, to gain upon her footsteps.
Across the gulf was a narrow bridge
of rock, and at the other end of the bridge
was an arched opening that led into the mountain.
Soon, however, they came to a little brook, and as there was no bridge
or foot-plank, they did not know how they were to get over it.
Now Guph had heard, during his long lifetime, many tales of these dreaded Phanfasms; so he had heard of this barrier of melted lava, and also he had been told that there was a narrow bridge
that spanned it in one place.
It unveiled for a sinister, fluttering moment a ragged mass of clouds hanging low, the lurch of the long outlines of the ship, the black figures of men caught on the bridge
, heads forward, as if petrified in the act of butting.