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.
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.
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
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.
I turned away from the thickets, keeping to the more open ground
, and endeavouring by sudden turns now and then to surprise something in the act of creeping upon me.
As she shot two-thirds of her length high upon the beach, propelled by three or four strong strokes of the oars, I leaped among a parcel of juvenile savages, who stood prepared to give us a kind reception; and with them at my heels, yelling like so many imps, I rushed forward across the open ground
in the vicinity of the sea, and plunged, diver fashion, into the recesses of the first grove that offered.
He has been shot in the open ground
and come here for a cover," said Abiram; "these marks would clearly prove it.