The grey downpour was swept aside and vanished like the trailing
garments of a ghost.
High over the tree-tops, in a widespread, trailing
, noisy crew, there fly, with resounding cries, flocks of birds which seem to darken and overlay the very heavens.
If a passing wind lingered to shake the casement, he strove to turn his head towards it; if the door jarred to and fro upon its hinges, he looked long and anxiously thitherward; if the heavy voice of the old man, as he read the Scriptures, rose but a little higher, the child almost held his dying breath to listen; if a snow-drift swept by the cottage, with a sound like the trailing
of a garment, Ilbrahim seemed to watch that some visitant should enter.
But still the poor child screamed, and scattered her apron full of flowers along the way, and left a long cry trailing
behind the chariot; and many mothers, to whose ears it came, ran quickly to see if any mischief had befallen their children.