The timbers beneath are of a peculiar strength, fitted to sustain the weight of an almost solid mass of brick and mortar
, some ten feet by eight square, and five in height.
Raffles, indeed, declared it was as hot as Italy and Australia put together; and certainly the short summer nights gave the channels of wood and asphalt and the continents of brick and mortar
but little time to cool.
The view was such a surprise, and such a change to me, after my weary London experience of brick and mortar
landscape, that I seemed to burst into a new life and a new set of thoughts the moment I looked at it.
Occasionally a hat or wig, or both, came spinning and trundling past him, like a mad thing; while the more serious spectacle of falling tiles and slates, or of masses of brick and mortar
or fragments of stone-coping rattling upon the pavement near at hand, and splitting into fragments, did not increase the pleasure of the journey, or make the way less dreary.
It was a regular place of public entertainment for the poorer classes; a tavern where there was nothing to pay; a public breakfast, dinner, tea, and supper all the year round; a brick and mortar
elysium, where it was all play and no work.