And all this happened far away to the north, beyond Labrador, beyond Hudson's Strait, where the great tides heave the ice
about, north of Melville Peninsula--north even of the narrow Fury and Hecla Straits--on the north shore of Baffin Land, where Bylot's Island stands above the ice
of Lancaster Sound like a pudding-bowl wrong side up.
surrounded us on all sides, and closed the horizon.
was here, the ice
was there, The ice
was all around: It cracked and growled, and roared and howled, Like noises in a swound!
This eye structure seemed remarkable in a beast whose haunts were upon a glaring field of ice
and snow, and though I found upon minute examination of several that we killed that each ocellus is furnished with its own lid, and that the animal can at will close as many of the facets of his huge eyes as he chooses, yet I was positive that nature had thus equipped him because much of his life was to be spent in dark, subterranean recesses.
It was, in fact, a sledge, like that we had seen before, which had drifted towards us in the night on a large fragment of ice
. Only one dog remained alive; but there was a human being within it whom the sailors were persuading to enter the vessel.
Then little Gerda shed burning tears; and they fell on his bosom, they penetrated to his heart, they thawed the lumps of ice
, and consumed the splinters of the looking-glass; he looked at her, and she sang the hymn:
They toiled up, and up, and still up; they passed the Grand Plateau; then toiled up a steep shoulder of the mountain, clinging like flies to its rugged face; and now they were confronted by a tremendous wall from which great blocks of ice
and snow were evidently in the habit of falling.
This is a beautiful and very fertile valley, about twenty miles long and five or six broad; a bright cold stream called the Fourche de Glace, or Ice
River, runs through it.
If not, the meat freezes so solidly as to turn the edge of the sharpest knife, and a three-hundred-pound bear, frozen stiff, is no easy thing to put upon a sled and haul over the rough ice
. But arrived at the spot, they found not only the kill, which they had doubted, but that Keesh had quartered the beasts in true hunter fashion, and removed the entrails.
As day broke clear and cold, they entered the river, with behind them a sea of ice
. Liverpool examined his aged passenger and found him helpless and almost gone.
"Is it possible I can go over there on the ice
, go up to her?" he thought.
The Yukon slept under a coat of ice
three feet thick.