The middle and lower branches were in luxuriant life, and an excess of vegetation had fringed the trunk almost to the ground; but a blight had apparently stricken the upper part of the oak, and the very topmost
bough was withered, sapless, and utterly dead.
Lady Otway stood on the topmost
step, wrapped in a white shawl, and waved her hand almost mechanically until they had turned the corner under the laurel-bushes, when she retired indoors with a sense that she had played her part, and a sigh at the thought that none of her children felt it necessary to play theirs.
As I was not rich enough to possess a watch, I could not tell how time was passing, except by observing the slowly lengthening shadows from the window; which presented a side view, including a corner of the park, a clump of trees whose topmost
branches had been colonized by an innumerable company of noisy rooks, and a high wall with a massive wooden gate: no doubt communicating with the stable-yard, as a broad carriage-road swept up to it from the park.
The whole conference lasted not more than an hour, during which time Daylight lived at the topmost
of the highest peak of life that he had ever scaled.
It was a sublimates condition of existence, the topmost
peak of living, and it came rarely.
From the topmost
peak of reason James teaches to cease reasoning and to have faith that all is well and will be well--the old, oh, ancient old, acrobatic flip of the metaphysicians whereby they reasoned reason quite away in order to escape the pessimism consequent upon the grim and honest exercise of reason.
After a time the hen flew up and perched upon the topmost
slat of the coop, which was a little above Dorothy's head when she was sitting upon the bottom, as she had been doing for some moments past.
While I thus stood, leaning on my gun, and looking up at the dark gables, sunk in an idle reverie, weaving a tissue of wayward fancies, in which old associations and the fair young hermit, now within those walls, bore a nearly equal part, I heard a slight rustling and scrambling just within the garden; and, glancing in the direction whence the sound proceeded, I beheld a tiny hand elevated above the wall: it clung to the topmost
stone, and then another little hand was raised to take a firmer hold, and then appeared a small white forehead, surmounted with wreaths of light brown hair, with a pair of deep blue eyes beneath, and the upper portion of a diminutive ivory nose.
I looked at him, the man who had been hurled down from the topmost
pitch of life to be buried alive and be worse than dead.
The woman's hand was upon his shoulder; she pointed seaward to where a hissing line of white foam marked the spot where the topmost
of the rocks were visible.
he asked himself, gazing at the bright planet which had shifted its position up to the topmost
twig of the birch-tree.
The Prince stood upon the topmost
step of the balcony.