His ideas of music-hall costumes had never gone beyond short skirts
, a swirl of lace, and glittering sequins; but Miss Antonia had expressed herself on that subject in no uncertain terms.
The cause of the delay was Natasha's skirt
, which was too long.
The only real difference was that while those girls from the Munchkin country had the blue strip in front of their skirts
, those from the country of the Quadlings had the red strip in front; and those from the country of the Winkies had the yellow strip in front, and the Gillikin girls wore the purple strip in front.
She half rose and shook out her skirts
as though about to leave him.
Let me water you first,' he went on, speaking to the horse just as to someone who understood the words he was using, and having whisked the dusty, grooved back of the well-fed young stallion with the skirt
of his coat, he put a bridle on his handsome head, straightened his ears and forelock, and having taken off his halter led him out to water.
A double-breasted jacket of some dark frieze-like material fitted closely to her figure, while her straight blue skirt
, untrimmed and ungathered, was cut so short that the lower curve of her finely-turned legs was plainly visible beneath it, terminating in a pair of broad, flat, low-heeled and square-toed shoes.
He broke off in mid-approach and with a show of teeth snarled himself back and away from the windblown skirt
O'Grady's important tone, and bad grammar: "Gores is out, and plaits is in; therefore, as the top of this skirt
is quite fresh, we will take off the ruffles, turn it upside down, and leave it plain.
The upper skirt
was tied so lightly back that it was impossible to take a long step, and the under one was so loaded with plaited frills that it "wobbled" no other word will express it ungracefully, both fore and aft.
I, who had been hailed Prince of the Oyster Pirates, who could go anywhere in the world as a man amongst men; who could sail boats, lay aloft in black and storm, or go into the toughest hang-outs in sailor town and play my part in any rough- house that started or call all hands to the bar--I didn't know the first thing I might say or do with this slender little chit of a girl-woman whose scant skirt
just reached her shoe-tops and who was as abysmally ignorant of life as I was, or thought I was, profoundly wise.
She had made them up herself, and they were all made alike--plain skirts
fulled tightly to plain waists, with sleeves as plain as waist and skirt
and tight as sleeves could be.
But suddenly she heard the rustle of a skirt
, and with it the sound of heart-rending, smothered sobbing, and felt arms about her neck.
Still on the chair, all in the moment of quick clear-seeing, she drew the skirt
tightly back and raised it.
The same waves wash the moles of the new-built Californian towns, but yesterday planted by the recentest race of men, and lave the faded but still gorgeous skirts
of Asiatic lands, older than Abraham; while all between float milky-ways of coral isles, and low-lying, endless, unknown Archipelagoes, and impenetrable Japans.
I also saw myriads of northern clios, one-and-a-quarter inches long, of which a whale would swallow a whole world at a mouthful; and some perfect sea-butterflies, animating the waters on the skirts
of the shore.