Ruins


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Ruins

 

the remains of a structure or population center that has fallen into decay or has been destroyed. Ruins include archaeological sites and historical monuments. The interest in ruins as art objects resulted from a keen sense of the historical succession of various epochs. It was reflected in the pictorial arts of the Renaissance and classicism (A. Altdorfer, N. Poussin, Claude Lorraine, H. Robert). In landscape parks of the 18th and early 19th centuries artificial ancient or Gothic ruins were often erected. This practice derived from increased attention to the picturesque, which embodied the belief that there was an indissoluble relationship between man’s creations and nature.

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The outer wall was fifty feet in height where it had not fallen into ruin, but nowhere as far as they could see had more than ten or twenty feet of the upper courses fallen away.
I will join you when I have searched this old ruin from top to bottom, and found the gold, or found that there is none.
We are not going to follow the worthy old stockbroker through those last pangs and agonies of ruin through which he passed before his commercial demise befell.
They conceal something; they exaggerate chances of good luck; hide away the real state of affairs; say that things are flourishing when they are hopeless, keep a smiling face (a dreary smile it is) upon the verge of bankruptcy--are ready to lay hold of any pretext for delay or of any money, so as to stave off the inevitable ruin a few days longer.
If Amelia could have heard the comments regarding her which were made in the circle from which her father's ruin had just driven her, she would have seen what her own crimes were, and how entirely her character was jeopardised.
The thought of their ruin affected him not a little.
He was instantly obeyed, the Mohicans leading the Narrangansetts within the ruin, whither the whole party repaired with the most guarded silence.
Fortunately for the pursued, the light of the moon, while it shed a flood of mild luster upon the little area around the ruin, was not sufficiently strong to penetrate the deep arches of the forest, where the objects still lay in deceptive shadow.
Then they drew warily back, keeping their eyes riveted on the ruin, as if they expected to see the apparitions of the dead issue from its silent walls, until, having reached the boundary of the area, they moved slowly into the thicket and disappeared.
Not once did she look back upon the ruin that brooded like a huge monster--a black spot in the darkness that enveloped it.
Such is the legend of the monopolist's once stately and sumptuous castle, now called the "Spectacular Ruin.
On the right bank, two or three miles below the Spectacular Ruin, we passed by a noble pile of castellated buildings overlooking the water from the crest of a lofty elevation.