Ruins


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Ruins

 

the remains of a structure or population center that has fallen into decay or has been destroyed. Ruins include archaeological sites and historical monuments. The interest in ruins as art objects resulted from a keen sense of the historical succession of various epochs. It was reflected in the pictorial arts of the Renaissance and classicism (A. Altdorfer, N. Poussin, Claude Lorraine, H. Robert). In landscape parks of the 18th and early 19th centuries artificial ancient or Gothic ruins were often erected. This practice derived from increased attention to the picturesque, which embodied the belief that there was an indissoluble relationship between man’s creations and nature.

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They said that no good could come of such an expedition, for the ruins were haunted by the spirits of the dead who had once inhabited them.
Here I found some young onions, a couple of gladiolus bulbs, and a quantity of immature carrots, all of which I secured, and, scrambling over a ruined wall, went on my way through scarlet and crimson trees towards Kew-- it was like walking through an avenue of gigantic blood drops--possessed with two ideas: to get more food, and to limp, as soon and as far as my strength permitted, out of this accursed unearthly region of the pit.
At the meetings of creditors, then, he comported himself with a savageness and scorn towards Sedley, which almost succeeded in breaking the heart of that ruined bankrupt man.
A great deal more of what the gentleman with the gray whiskers said to show in what way Russia was ruined by the emancipation struck him indeed as very true, new to him, and quite incontestable.
He was instantly obeyed, the Mohicans leading the Narrangansetts within the ruin, whither the whole party repaired with the most guarded silence.
The bats had ceased to beat their wings about the ruin. Even the mocking-bird that had warbled for hours in the old mulberry-tree had sung himself asleep.
"There is three hundred pounds flung away for no earthly use," said he; "but what I care most for is that these horses of my old friend, who thought they would find a good home with me, are ruined. The mare shall have a twelve-month's run, and we shall see what that will do for her; but the black one, he must be sold;
The good-natured Princess at once left her home and her family and hurried to the ruined castle, and took possession of the room with the golden bed.
"Then," said Danglars, pale with anger, which was not at all due to offended paternal love, -- "then, mademoiselle, you persist in your determination to accelerate my ruin?"
It was plain that the Russian nest was ruined and destroyed, but in place of the Russian order of life that had been destroyed, Pierre unconsciously felt that a quite different, firm, French order had been established over this ruined nest.
"You will ruin yourself, and you will ruin me," Da Souza moaned.
Tulliver's grandfather had been heard to say that he was descended from one Ralph Tulliver, a wonderfully clever fellow, who had ruined himself.