Duncan cast his eyes behind him, and saw that the trembling sisters were cowering in the far corner of the building
, while the Mohicans stood in the shadow, like two upright posts, ready, and apparently willing, to strike when the blow should be needed.
They were left standing upon the corner, staring; down a side street there were two rows of brick houses, and between them a vista: half a dozen chimneys, tall as the tallest of buildings
, touching the very sky--and leaping from them half a dozen columns of smoke, thick, oily, and black as night.
The style of these buildings
evinces that the architect possessed neither the art of using lime or cement of any kind, nor the skill to throw an arch, construct a roof, or erect a stair ; and yet, with all this ignorance, showed great ingenuity in selecting the situation of Burghs, and regulating the access to them, as well as neatness and regularity in the erection, since the buildings
themselves show a style of advance in the arts scarcely consistent with the ignorance of so many of the principal branches of architectural knowledge.
Upon closer observation I saw as we passed them that the buildings
were deserted, and while not greatly decayed had the appearance of not having been tenanted for years, possibly for ages.
The big building
I had left was situated on the slope of a broad river valley, but the Thames had shifted perhaps a mile from its present position.
It soon reached the door of the academy, where the party alighted and entered the building
Folks'll say I've gone crazy when they see my building
spree, but I know what I'm about.
The fall of the ground was steep all along the ridge, so steep that here and there both trees and rocks and buildings
seemed to overhang the plain far below, through which ran many streams.
to be for privy lodgings on both sides; and the end for privy galleries.
In the valley beneath lay the city they had just left, its more prominent buildings
showing as in an isometric drawing--among them the broad cathedral tower, with its Norman windows and immense length of aisle and nave, the spires of St Thomas's, the pinnacled tower of the College, and, more to the right, the tower and gables of the ancient hospice, where to this day the pilgrim may receive his dole of bread and ale.
To reach this building
, which I now felt it imperative that I do, I must needs traverse the entire length of one square and cross a broad avenue and a portion of the plaza.
And yet they have one already, and are building