Opposite to these chasms
Snake River makes two desperate leaps over precipices, at a short distance from each other; one twenty, the other forty feet in height.
Well did Gahan know this country that bordered his upon the west--even the ships of the air avoided it because of the treacherous currents that rose from the deep chasms
, and the almost total absence of safe landings.
When cattle are driven into the valley of the Wolgan by a path (which I descended), partly natural and partly made by the owner of the land, they cannot escape; for this valley is in every other part surrounded by perpendicular cliffs, and eight miles lower down, it contracts from an average width of half a mile, to a mere chasm
, impassable to man or beast.
Duncan seized the favorable moment to spring to the body of Gamut, which he bore within the shelter of the narrow chasm
that protected the sisters.
Thus Hester Prynne, whose heart had lost its regular and healthy throb, wandered without a clue in the dark labyrinth of mind; now turned aside by an insurmountable precipice; now starting back from a deep chasm
often, when forced from his hammock by exhausting and intolerably vivid dreams of the night, which, resuming his own intense thoughts through the day, carried them on amid a clashing of phrensies, and whirled them round and round in his blazing brain, till the very throbbing of his life-spot became insufferable anguish; and when, as was sometimes the case, these spiritual throes in him heaved his being up from its base, and a chasm
seemed opening in him, from which forked flames and lightnings shot up, and accursed fiends beckoned him to leap down among them; when this hell in himself yawned beneath him, a wild cry would be heard through the ship; and with glaring eyes Ahab would burst from his state room, as though escaping from a bed that was on fire.
At the centre of the island there is a chasm
about fifty yards in diameter, whence the astronomers descend into a large dome, which is therefore called FLANDONA GAGNOLE, or the astronomer's cave, situated at the depth of a hundred yards beneath the upper surface of the adamant.
said he, and I stood in a floor of a chasm
that was at first absolutely dark to me.
The onrush of a conquering force is like the bursting of pent-up waters into a chasm
a thousand fathoms deep.
I have come three thousand miles, and am resolved to set my foot on every peak of these mountains, and poke my head into every chasm
, for the sole purpose of demonstrating to the satisfaction of any man one whit less an ass than thyself that the Great Carbuncle is all a humbug
And so,' said Toby, peering down into the chasm
, 'everyone that travels this path takes a jump here, eh?
When I heard that soul- sickening yell, which marked his disappearance in the chasm
, I was more glad than I can say that my eyes were spared the pain and horror which my ears had to endure.