When I had groped my way, blindly, through these difficulties, and had mastered the alphabet, which was an Egyptian Temple in itself, there then appeared a procession of new horrors, called arbitrary characters; the most despotic characters I have ever known; who insisted, for instance, that a thing like the beginning of a cobweb
, meant expectation, and that a pen-and-ink sky-rocket, stood for disadvantageous.
she asked me, again pointing with her stick; "that, where those cobwebs
The robe of speculative cobwebs
, embroidered with flowers of rhetoric, steeped in the dew of sickly sentiment, this transcendental robe in which the German Socialists wrapped their sorry "eternal truths," all skin and bone, served to wonderfully increase the sale of their goods amongst such a public.
Soon the golden light gleamed faintly through the cell, and she heard little voices calling for help, and high up among the heavy cobwebs
hung poor little flies struggling to free themselves, while their cruel enemies sat in their nets, watching their pain.
It was a dim, old-fashioned chamber, festooned with cobwebs
, and besprinkled with antique dust.
For what is the array of the strongest ropes, the tallest spars and the stoutest canvas against the mighty breath of the infinite, but thistle stalks, cobwebs
the naked walls, the uneven floorings, the ceilings matted with cobwebs
, the vast dilapidated chimney-places, the cold hearths on which the charity extended to them by parliament hardly permitted a fire to glow, was completely altered in appearance.
Their brown nets, like the cobwebs
of gigantic spiders, lay on the shabby grass of the slope; and, looking up from the end of the street, the people of the town would recognise the two Carvils by the creep- ing slowness of their gait.
revealed their presence on sheds and walls where none had ever been observed till brought out into visibility by the crystallizing atmosphere, hanging like loops of white worsted from salient points of the out-houses, posts, and gates.
The clock ticked above the dresser, a piece of charred wood fell now and then in the stove, and the faint sharp scent of the geraniums mingled with the odour of Ethan's smoke, which began to throw a blue haze about the lamp and to hang its greyish cobwebs
in the shadowy corners of the room.
To an imagination which had hoped for the smallest divisions, and the heaviest stone-work, for painted glass, dirt, and cobwebs
, the difference was very distressing.
The bins themselves lined but two of the walls, and most of them were covered in with cobwebs
, close-drawn like mosquito-curtains.