Pines


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Pines

 

a Caribbean island south of Cuba. It is a Cuban possession. Area, 2,200 sq km; population, more than 20,000 (1965). The island is a somewhat rugged plain with outlier elevations of up to 320 m. The climate is tropical, with a dry winter and an annual precipitation reaching 1,200 mm. In the north there is stock raising and fruit cultivation. The south has karst formations and large areas of tropical forests. There are deposits of gold, limonite, kaolin, and marble.

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Then the Giant, grinning with rage, strode tower-like towards the stranger (ten times strengthened at every step), and fetched a monstrous blow at him with his pine tree, which Hercules caught upon his club; and being more skilful than Antaeus, he paid him back such a rap upon the sconce, that down tumbled the great lumbering man-mountain, flat upon the ground.
The barasingh backed unwillingly as Purun Bhagat drove a pine torch deep into the flame, twirling it till it was well lit.
He could see nothing in front but the twin sombre walls of pine and the wedge of starlit sky above them.
The song of the pines outside had now risen to the dignity of a triumphal hymn.
She was standing outside the garden fence, in the shadow of a great pine tree, looking not at him, for she was unaware of his presence, but at the virginal bloom of the plum trees in a far corner, with all her delight in it outblossoming freely in her face.
The bough of a broken pine tree lashed heavily in the blast against the windowpane behind them, as if in parody of a burglar, but they did not turn round.
But then John Breck will see the sprig of birch and the sprig of pine; and he will say to himsel' (if he is a man of any penetration at all, which I misdoubt), ALAN WILL BE LYING IN A WOOD WHICH IS BOTH OF PINES AND BIRCHES.
The pines are not tall or luxuriant, but they are sombre and add an air of severity to the scene.
An almost noise- less and blinding flash of light, and a man fell headlong and lay still; and as the unseen shaft of heat passed over them, pine trees burst into fire, and every dry furze bush became with one dull thud a mass of flames.
Jupiter chose the oak, Venus the myrtle, Apollo the laurel, Cybele the pine, and Hercules the poplar.
And going to a bigger pine, he rose by his own unaided exertions to the top branch, where he sat, all bedaubed with the pitch which that vegetable exudes.
Seeing himself lost, he climbed up a giant pine tree and sat there to see what he could see.