Without waiting for an answer he pulled close to the pile
and extended his hand.
In one corner was a pile
of human skulls reaching almost to the ceiling and in another a stack of dried Wieroo wings.
"I do not know the name by which this great pile
was known, nor the purposes it fulfilled.
As the labor of drawing the net had been very great, he directed one party of his men to commence throwing the fish into piles
, preparatory to the usual division, while another, under the superintendence of Benjamin, prepared the seine for a second haul.
So that the lofty pile
of sedimentary rocks in Britain, gives but an inadequate idea of the time which has elapsed during their accumulation; yet what time this must have consumed!
It must have been at about the same instant that Achmet Zek discovered the pile
of yellow ingots and realized the actuality of what he had already feared since first his eyes had alighted upon the party beside the ruins of the Englishman's bungalow.
Although the heat was so intense that the paint on the houses over against the prison, parched and crackled up, and swelling into boils, as it were from excess of torture, broke and crumbled away; although the glass fell from the window-sashes, and the lead and iron on the roofs blistered the incautious hand that touched them, and the sparrows in the eaves took wing, and rendered giddy by the smoke, fell fluttering down upon the blazing pile
; still the fire was tended unceasingly by busy hands, and round it, men were going always.
But on the other side, on the flat Essex side, a shapeless and desolate red edifice, a vast pile
of bricks with many windows and a slate roof more inaccessible than an Alpine slope, towers over the bend in monstrous ugliness, the tallest, heaviest building for miles around, a thing like an hotel, like a mansion of flats (all to let), exiled into these fields out of a street in West Kensington.
But the Pequod was only making a passage now; not regularly cruising; nearly all whaling preparatives needing supervision the mates were fully competent to, so that there was little or nothing, out of himself, to employ or excite Ahab, now; and thus chase away, for that one interval, the clouds that layer upon layer were piled upon his brow, as ever all clouds choose the loftiest peaks to pile
Down the railroad they went and sat on a pile
of decaying railroad ties beside the tracks.
He, I know--for the question had been discussed among us long before the Time Machine was made--thought but cheerlessly of the Advancement of Mankind, and saw in the growing pile
of civilization only a foolish heaping that must inevitably fall back upon and destroy its makers in the end.
After this, the Achaeans pile
him a cairn and hold games in his honour.