These soldiers were, no doubt, the last comers of that crowd who, from the base of the hill of Studzianka to the fatal river, formed an ocean of heads intermingled with fires
and huts,--a living sea, swayed by motions that were almost imperceptible, and giving forth a murmuring sound that rose at times to frightful outbursts.
It was quite invisible in the flaring lights of the camp fires
A dolorous place it was, this canoe house, filled with groans and sighs, corpses beneath the floor and composing the floor, creatures soon to be corpses upon the floor, corpses swinging in aerial sepulchre overhead, long black canoes, high-ended like beaked predatory monsters, dimly looming in the light of a slow fire
where sat an ancient of the tribe of Somo at his interminable task of smoke-curing a bushman's head.
Like the wasps, before I finally went into winter quarters in November, I used to resort to the northeast side of Walden, which the sun, reflected from the pitch pine woods and the stony shore, made the fireside of the pond; it is so much pleasanter and wholesomer to be warmed by the sun while you can be, than by an artificial fire
The road lies, too, through miles and miles, all lighted up by fires
like ours--a strange black road, and one that would frighten you by night.
Drummle, my shoulders squared and my back to the fire
Now a fire
burned in the hut, for the night was cold, and Chaka sat on the further side of the fire
, looking towards the opening of the hut, and the smoke from the fire
wreathed him round, and its light shone upon his face and flickered in his terrible eyes.
See, and don't expose yourself; keep within, and fire
through the porch.
At the end of that time he came back from hunting one night and found some wood by the door and a fire
from the vessels was most ineffectual, owing, as I afterward learned, to the unexpected suddenness of the first volley, which caught the ship's crews entirely unprepared and the sighting apparatus of the guns unprotected from the deadly aim of our warriors.
My plan was to go as far as possible that night, and then, building a fire
, to sleep in the protection of its glare.
The ammunition blew up, the pine trees all about the guns flashed into fire
, and only one or two of the men who were already running over the crest of the hill escaped.