'Here!' he hoarsely cried, appearing from the darkness; out of breath, and blackened
with the smoke.
Many years ago, it had had it in its mind to slide down sideways; it had been propped up, however, and was leaning on some half-dozen gigantic crutches: which gymnasium for the neighbouring cats, weather-stained, smoke- blackened, and overgrown with weeds, appeared in these latter days to be no very sure reliance.
Arthur opened the long low window, and looked out upon the old blasted and blackened forest of chimneys, and the old red glare in the sky, which had seemed to him once upon a time but a nightly reflection of the fiery environment that was presented to his childish fancy in all directions, let it look where it would.
The truth was, that she had run into her little cabin, pulled off her dress, blackened her face and hands, put on the fur-skin cloak, and was Cat- skin again.
But this time she kept away too long, and stayed beyond the half-hour; so she had not time to take off her fine dress, and threw her fur mantle over it, and in her haste did not blacken herself all over with soot, but left one of her fingers white.
He was only a young man, and a dandy at that, his face blackened
with charcoal, his hair whitened with wood-ashes, with the freshly severed tail of a wild pig thrust through his perforated nose, and two more thrust through his ears.
And as in the great hunting countries of India, the stranger at a distance will sometimes pass on the plains recumbent elephants without knowing them to be such, taking them for bare, blackened
elevations of the soil; even so, often, with him, who for the first time beholds this species of the leviathans of the sea.
The burning heather had been extinguished, but the level ground towards Ottershaw was blackened
as far as one could see, and still giving off vertical streamers of smoke.
All on a sudden some night it will come wailing in the wind outside your window, and you must blacken
your heart and harden your face with another strangling grip of its slim appealing throat, another blow upon its angel eyes.
But the consequence is, that the whole profession in Middlemarch have set themselves tooth and nail against the Hospital, and not only refuse to cooperate themselves, but try to blacken
the whole affair and hinder subscriptions."
A corner of the left wing of the building was in ruins, blackened
and still smouldering, and there was a great hole in the sand-blown lawn, where a bomb had apparently fallen.