Earth comprises distances, great and small; danger and security; open ground
and narrow passes; the chances of life and death.
The other bank of the stream was open ground
-- a gentle slope topped with a stockade of vertical tree trunks, loopholed for rifles, with a single embrasure through which protruded the muzzle of a brass cannon commanding the bridge.
The third day after the incubator ceremony we set forth toward home, but scarcely had the head of the procession debouched into the open ground
before the city than orders were given for an immediate and hasty return.
Unfortunately the chaparral extended only a short distance up the slope, and as we came into the open ground
above we took the fire of a dozen rifles; but Apaches shoot badly when in a hurry, and God so willed it that none of us fell.
The creatures had crept downwards with the subsidence of the rick till they were all together at the bottom, and being now uncovered from their last refuge they ran across the open ground
in all directions, a loud shriek from the by-this-time half-tipsy Marian informing her companions that one of the rats had invaded her person--a terror which the rest of the women had guarded against by various schemes of skirt-tucking and self-elevation.
This open ground
looked hardly larger than an ordinary dooryard, but was really several acres in extent.
But most vivid of all, Saxon saw the fight at Little Meadow--and Daisy, dressed as for a gala day, in white, a ribbon sash about her waist, ribbons and a round-comb in her hair, in her hands small water-pails, step forth into the sunshine on the flower-grown open ground
from the wagon circle, wheels interlocked, where the wounded screamed their delirium and babbled of flowing fountains, and go on, through the sunshine and the wonder-inhibition of the bullet-dealing Indians, a hundred yards to the waterhole and back again.
Bearing this caution in mind, Bishopriggs made a circuit, on reaching the open ground
, so as to approach the cottage at the back, under shelter of the trees behind it.
Galloping rapidly along in the edge of the open ground
comes a young officer on a snow-white horse.
The tulips, like true daughters of the East, averse to cold, do not abide in the open ground
I don't know what prompted us, unless it was curiosity; but after playing around awhile, Lop-Ear and I ventured across the open ground
to the edge of the rocky hills.
Gabled cottages, with fast-closed windows; pigs and poultry in quiet possession of the road; the venerable church surrounded by its shady burial-ground; the grocer's shop which sold everything, and the butcher's shop which sold nothing; the scarce inhabitants who liked a good look at a stranger, and the unwashed children who were pictures of dirty health; the clash of the iron-chained bucket in the public well, and the thump of the falling nine-pins in the skittle-ground behind the public-house; the horse-pond on the one bit of open ground
, and the old elm-tree with the wooden seat round it on the other--these were some of the objects that you saw, and some of the noises that you heard in South Morden, as you passed from one end of the village to the other.