We were fain to pacify them by chewing the tender bark of roots and twigs, which, if they did not afford us nourishment, were at least sweet and pleasant to the taste.
With this he conducted me to the verge of the cataract, and pointed along the side of the ravine to a number of curious looking roots, some three or four inches in thickness, and several feet long, which, after twisting among the fissures of the rock, shot perpendicularly from it and ran tapering to a point in the air, hanging over the gulf like so many dark icicles.
The next evening, at about the same hour, accompanied by two others whose names are not recalled, they were again on the porch of the Harding house, and again the mysterious phenomenon occurred: the vine was violently agitated while under the closest scrutiny from root to tip, nor did their combined strength applied to the trunk serve to still it.
Nothing was found but the root, yet nothing could have been more strange!
I seated myself at the root
of a great tree, seriously to consider what it were best to do.
I'll plant them thick as grass, so that even a hungry rabbit can't squeeze between them; and when they get their roots agoing, nothing in creation will ever move that dirt again.
And when the last trump sounds, and Sonoma Mountain and all the other mountains pass into nothingness, that old slide will be still a-standing there, held up by the roots.
Their rifles being thus rendered useless, they were unable to procure food by hunting and had to depend upon roots
and wild fruits for subsistence.
Because of the wall and the guards and the watchers, there was more time to hunt and fish and pick roots and berries; there was more food, and better food, and no one went hungry.
Also, others that had taken land gave it to the few that held on, being paid in return with corn and fat roots, and bear-skins, and fishes which the farmers got from the fishermen in exchange for corn.
The path, which was not an ordinary path and which consisted, for a man, in wide strides from root
, and for a dog in four-legged leaps and plunges, was new to Jerry.
First, I will pierce through the root of your tongue, so that you cannot squeal, then I will cut you to pieces slowly, bit by bit, and in the morning I will tell the people that the spirits did it because you lied.
Now I had grown tall and overshadowed him; therefore he would root me up.
Then he went up to it, turned it into stone, and drove it down with the flat of his hand so as to root it in the ground.
Then the two sat down by the root of the great olive, and consulted how to compass the destruction of the wicked suitors.