Leaning over the battlements and looking far down, I surveyed the grounds laid out like a map: the bright and velvet lawn closely girdling the grey base of the mansion; the field, wide as a park, dotted
with its ancient timber; the wood, dun and sere, divided by a path visibly overgrown, greener with moss than the trees were with foliage; the church at the gates, the road, the tranquil hills, all reposing in the autumn day's sun; the horizon bounded by a propitious sky, azure, marbled with pearly white.
It appeared dry and cold; but at the bottom was dotted
in with pencil an obscure apology, and an entreaty for kind remembrance and reconciliation, if her proceeding had offended him: asserting that she could not help it then, and being done, she had now no power to repeal it.
A squareness about the lower part of his face, and the dotted
indication of the strong black beard he shaved close every day, reminded me of the wax-work that had travelled into our neighbourhood some half-a-year before.
I had crossed a marshy tract full of willows, bulrushes, and odd, outlandish, swampy trees; and I had now come out upon the skirts of an open piece of undulating, sandy country, about a mile long, dotted
with a few pines and a great number of contorted trees, not unlike the oak in growth, but pale in the foliage, like willows.
The binding was of citron-green leather, with a design of gilt trellis-work and dotted
The valley opened out into a great plain dotted
over with rocks and cut up by ravines.
Also, each company is fenced in by law within a six-mile circle, so that Holland is dotted
with thumb-nail systems, no two of which are alike.