The grapes were no other than gold coins
which tinkled merrily as they swayed in the wind.
For instance, I have seen even fond mothers so far indulge their guileless, elegant daughters--misses of fifteen or sixteen--as to give them a few gold coins
and teach them how to play; and though the young ladies may have won or have lost, they have invariably laughed, and departed as though they were well pleased.
In their gamesome but still serious way, one whispers to the other --"Jack, he's robbed a widow;" or,"Joe, do you mark him; he's a bigamist;" or,"Harry lad, I guess he's the adulterer that broke jail in old Gomorrah, or belike, one of the missing murderers from Sodom." Another runs to read the bill that's stuck against the spile upon the wharf to which the ship is moored, offering five hundred gold coins
for the apprehension of a parricide, and containing a description of his person.
They have also a small gold coin
worth two dollars.
And the countess, trying to conceal the action from herself and from him, slipped a gold coin
into his hand and always returned to the patient with a more tranquil mind.
He threw out a gold coin
for the valet to pick up, and all the heads craned forward that all the eyes might look down at it as it fell.
When he halted before the binnacle, with his glance fastened on the pointed needle in the compass, that glance shot like a javelin with the pointed intensity of his purpose; and when resuming his walk he again paused before the mainmast, then, as the same riveted glance fastened upon the riveted gold coin
there, he still wore the same aspect of nailed firmness, only dashed with a certain wild longing, if not hopefulness.
I covered six- sevenths of the appropriation into the treasury a week before starting from Camelot on my adventures, and ordered that the other seventh be inflated into five- cent nickels and delivered into the hands of the head clerk of the King's Evil Department; a nickel to take the place of each gold coin
, you see, and do its work for it.
"She took no notice, but held up the gold coin
before the eyes of the boy of the swan dive.
I had a gold coin
, a twenty-franc piece, sewed into the band of my skirt; so I spoke to M.
At one time he was turning a ponderous key in an iron door not unlike the door of a sepulchre, but which, being opened, disclosed a vault heaped up with gold coin
, as plentifully as golden corn in a granary.
below par; that I had cost his majesty above a million and a half of SPRUGS" (their greatest gold coin
, about the bigness of a spangle) "and, upon the whole, that it would be advisable in the emperor to take the first fair occasion of dismissing me."