A still duskier place is this, with such low ponderous beams above, and such old wrinkled planks
beneath, that you would almost fancy you trod some old craft's cockpits, especially of such a howling night, when this corner-anchored old ark rocked so furiously.
The woman came cheerfully onward, talking, as she came, with the man who bore her trunk, and so passed up the plank
into the boat.
The chamber looked such a bright little place to me as the sun shone in between the gay blue chintz window curtains, showing papered walls and a carpeted floor, so unlike the bare planks
and stained plaster of Lowood, that my spirits rose at the view.
As Bees In spring time, when the Sun with Taurus rides, Poure forth thir populous youth about the Hive In clusters; they among fresh dews and flowers Flie to and fro, or on the smoothed Plank
, The suburb of thir Straw-built Cittadel, New rub'd with Baume, expatiate and confer Thir State affairs.
uf, in the meanwhile, led the way to a postern, where, passing the moat on a single plank
, they reached a small barbican, or exterior defence, which communicated with the open field by a well-fortified sallyport.
Dreadful stories they were--about hanging, and walking the plank
, and storms at sea, and the Dry Tortugas, and wild deeds and places on the Spanish Main.
For instance, a crew of pirates are driven by a storm they know not whither; at length a boy discovers land from the topmast; they go on shore to rob and plunder, they see a harmless people, are entertained with kindness; they give the country a new name; they take formal possession of it for their king; they set up a rotten plank
, or a stone, for a memorial; they murder two or three dozen of the natives, bring away a couple more, by force, for a sample; return home, and get their pardon.
I alone managed to grasp a floating plank
, and was driven ashore by the wind, without even a scratch.
So it happened that by the time John Joiner had got the plank
up--there was nobody under the floor except the rolling-pin and Tom Kitten in a very dirty dumpling!
And if this seems a trifling risk, let us see whether it is equalled or surpassed by the encounter of two galleys stem to stem, in the midst of the open sea, locked and entangled one with the other, when the soldier has no more standing room than two feet of the plank
of the spur; and yet, though he sees before him threatening him as many ministers of death as there are cannon of the foe pointed at him, not a lance length from his body, and sees too that with the first heedless step he will go down to visit the profundities of Neptune's bosom, still with dauntless heart, urged on by honour that nerves him, he makes himself a target for all that musketry, and struggles to cross that narrow path to the enemy's ship.
One huge man was asking of the sky: "Say, where de plank
He would raise a lantern silently to light my steps along the narrow, springy plank
of our primitive gangway.