Upon the veranda of his house by the ravine, Wing Biddlebaum continued to walk up and down until the sun had disappeared and the road beyond the field
was lost in the grey shadows.
There were several more that had been equally great in the field
, not one of whom but was persuaded that he had a considerable hand in bringing the war to a happy termination.
The reports of the firearms became rapid, whole volleys rising from the plain, as flocks of more than ordinary numbers darted over the opening, shadowing the field
like a cloud; and then the light smoke of a single piece would issue from among the leafless bushes on the mountain, as death was hurled on the retreat of the affrighted birds, who were rising from a volley, in a vain effort to escape.
Along one side of the field
the whole wain went, the arms of the mechanical reaper revolving slowly, till it passed down the hill quite out of sight.
The girl was given but brief opportunity for further observation of the pitiful creatures in the enclosure as her captor, after having directed the others to return to the fields
, led her toward the tower, which they entered, passing into an apartment about ten feet wide and twenty long, in one end of which was a stairway leading to an upper level and in the other an opening to a similar stairway leading downward.
When I was four years old, as I well remember, I was brought from Boston to this my native town, through these very woods and this field
, to the pond.
They passed a large and comfortable farmhouse, surrounded by wandering barns and cow-sheds, went on under forest arches, and emerged beside a field
with which Saxon was instantly enchanted.
Then came the trim-hedged fields
on either hand, and the open road again.
There was a plowboy, Dick, who sometimes came into our field
to pluck blackberries from the hedge.
was the place to witness his cruelty and profanity.
Thus they remained while the marshals of the field
surveyed their ranks with the utmost exactness, lest either party had more or fewer than the appointed number.
The dread day, then, having arrived, and the duke having ordered a spacious stand to be erected facing the court of the castle for the judges of the field
and the appellant duennas, mother and daughter, vast crowds flocked from all the villages and hamlets of the neighbourhood to see the novel spectacle of the battle; nobody, dead or alive, in those parts having ever seen or heard of such a one.