in the paddle lashing worked loose, and she lost much time, at frequent intervals, in driving them tight.
Squirrels were chattering, birds singing, and overhead honked the wild-fowl driving up from the south in cunning wedges
that split the air.
Besides this, when I came to the till in the chest, I found there three great bags of pieces of eight, which held about eleven hundred pieces in all; and in one of them, wrapped up in a paper, six doubloons of gold, and some small bars or wedges
of gold; I suppose they might all weigh near a pound.
Among the day's unrealities would be roads where the bright red vines were looped and garlanded together on trees for many miles; woods of olives; white villages and towns on hill-sides, lovely without, but frightful in their dirt and poverty within; crosses by the way; deep blue lakes with fairy islands, and clustering boats with awnings of bright colours and sails of beautiful forms; vast piles of building mouldering to dust; hanging-gardens where the weeds had grown so strong that their stems, like wedges
driven home, had split the arch and rent the wall; stone-terraced lanes, with the lizards running into and out of every chink; beggars of all sorts everywhere: pitiful, picturesque, hungry, merry; children beggars and aged beggars.
For a second or two, Oliver glanced up the street, and down the street, and over the way: impressed with the belief that the unknown, who had addressed him through the key-hole, had walked a few paces off, to warm himself; for nobody did he see but a big charity-boy, sitting on a post in front of the house, eating a slice of bread and butter: which he cut into wedges
, the size of his mouth, with a clasp-knife, and then consumed with great dexterity.
You might have split the T'other governor to chips and wedges
, without my caring, except that I might have come upon you for a glass or so now and then.
Providence, I say, began here to clear up our way a little; and the first thing that offered was, that our old Portuguese pilot brought a Japan merchant to us, who inquired what goods we had: and, in the first place, he bought all our opium, and gave us a very good price for it, paying us in gold by weight, some in small pieces of their own coin, and some in small wedges
, of about ten or twelves ounces each.
A quoin is a solid which differs from a wedge
in having its sharp end formed by the steep inclination of one side, instead of the mutual tapering of both sides.
The broad base of this monster wedge
is planted upon a grand glacier-paved Alpine platform whose elevation is ten thousand feet above sea-level; as the wedge
itself is some five thousand feet high, it follows that its apex is about fifteen thousand feet above sea-level.
Why, you two was scuffling, and he fetched you one with the headboard and you fell flat; and then up you come, all reeling and staggering like, and snatched the knife and jammed it into him, just as he fetched you another awful clip -- and here you've laid, as dead as a wedge
The brick house did not speedily become a sort of wayside inn, a place of innocent revelry and joyous welcome; but the missionary company was an entering wedge
, and Miranda allowed one spare bed to be made up "in case anything should happen," while the crystal glasses were kept on the second from the top, instead of the top shelf, in the china closet.
For if a Soldier is a wedge
, a Woman is a needle; being, so to speak, ALL point, at least at the two extremities.