Great rents and splits branched
out in the solid walls, like crystallisation; stupefied birds wheeled about and dropped into the furnace; four fierce figures trudged away, East, West, North, and South, along the night- enshrouded roads, guided by the beacon they had lighted, towards their next destination.
The house fronts looked black enough, and the windows blacker, contrasting with the smooth white sheet of snow upon the roofs, and with the dirtier snow upon the ground; which last deposit had been ploughed up in deep furrows by the heavy wheels of carts and waggons; furrows that crossed and recrossed each other hundreds of times where the great streets branched
off; and made intricate channels, hard to trace in the thick yellow mud and icy water.
Evening came, they set out from the village, and after about half a league two roads branched
off, one leading to Don Quixote's village, the other the road Don Alvaro was to follow.
out into touching details about his family, and was not listened to.
I was startled by a great patch of vivid scarlet on the ground, and going up to it found it to be a peculiar fungus, branched
and corrugated like a foliaceous lichen, but deliquescing into slime at the touch; and then in the shadow of some luxuriant ferns I came upon an unpleasant thing,--the dead body of a rabbit covered with shining flies, but still warm and with the head torn off.