Nay, his busy fancy already realized his hopes, and presented to him the blooming Katrina, with a whole family of children, mounted on the top of a wagon loaded with household trumpery, with pots and kettles dangling beneath; and he beheld himself bestriding a pacing mare, with a colt at her heels
, setting out for Kentucky, Tennessee, --or the Lord knows where!
His wife opened the little bed-room door adjoining her room and, taking the candle, set it down on the top of a bureau there; then from a small recess she took a key, and put it thoughtfully in the lock of a drawer, and made a sudden pause, while two boys, who, boy like, had followed close on her heels
, stood looking, with silent, significant glances, at their mother.
Their backs had been made familiar with the bloody lash, so that they had become callous; mine was yet tender; for while at Baltimore I got few whip- pings, and few slaves could boast of a kinder master and mistress than myself; and the thought of pass- ing out of their hands into those of Master Andrew-- a man who, but a few days before, to give me a sample of his bloody disposition, took my little brother by the throat, threw him on the ground, and with the heel
of his boot stamped upon his head till the blood gushed from his nose and ears--was well calculated to make me anxious as to my fate.
A touch of a spurred heel
made his horse first start and rear, and then bound away; the dog rushed in his traces; all three vanished,
In addition, the heel
of one of my shoes was loose, and a nail was working through the sole--they were comfortable old shoes I wore about indoors--so that I was lame.
He did not cut it, but, rolling up his sleeves a little way, he laid hold of it, placed his heel
against the ground, and, with one mighty pull, plucked the young tree up by the roots from out the very earth.
He glided silently on one foot half across the room, and seeming not to notice the chairs was dashing straight at them, when suddenly, clinking his spurs and spreading out his legs, he stopped short on his heels
, stood so a second, stamped on the spot clanking his spurs, whirled rapidly round, and, striking his left heel
against his right, flew round again in a circle.
Then he turned on his heel
and strode from the armory.
That I could escape the village I was not at all sure; but of one thing I was positive; that it would do neither Ajor nor myself any service to remain where I was and be captured; so with Nobs, bloody but happy, following at heel
, I turned down the first alley and slunk away in the direction of the northern end of the village.
Sir Nigel turned upon his heel
, while two seamen cast a noose over the pirate's neck.
The Iron Heel
(well named) we feel descending upon and crushing mankind.
But she swung obediently on her heel
into the wind.