Although the beaks and feet of birds are generally quite clean, I can show that earth sometimes adheres to them: in one instance I removed twenty-two grains of dry
argillaceous earth from one foot of a partridge, and in this earth there was a pebble quite as large as the seed of a vetch.
If we imagine, first, that it had been steeped in the blackest ink, and then, when dry, allowed to crawl over a board, freshly painted with the brightest vermilion, so as to colour the soles of its feet and parts of its stomach, a good idea of its appearance will be gained.
Instead of being nocturnal in its habits, as other toads are, and living in damp obscure recesses, it crawls during the heat of the day about the dry sand-hillocks and arid plains, where not a single drop of water can be found.
When we first arrived at Bahia Blanca, September 7th, 1832, we thought nature had granted scarcely a living creature to this sandy and dry country.
Instead of the sun rising to dry me, it came on to rain, with a thick mist; so that my case was lamentable.
All day it streamed rain; the island ran like a sop, there was no dry spot to be found; and when I lay down that night, between two boulders that made a kind of roof, my feet were in a bog.
This was very like a king, with a palace at his back and changes of dry clothes.
His voice was as hard and dry as himself, and Fancy might have ground it straight, like himself, into high-dried snuff.
I was a chip--and a very dry one--when I first became aware of myself.
Then, the sea fell, and the dying voice made another feeble effort, and then the sea rose high, and beat its life out, and lashed the roof, and surged among the arches, and pierced the heights of the great tower; and then the sea was dry, and all was still.
The floor was a little raised, so that it was kept perfectly dry
, and by its vicinity to the chimney of the cottage it was tolerably warm.
Is there anybody in the house who knows whether that paint was wet or dry
, at eleven yesterday morning?
But I found an excellent use for these grapes; and that was, to cure or dry them in the sun, and keep them as dried grapes or raisins are kept, which I thought would be, as indeed they were, wholesome and agreeable to eat when no grapes could be had.
However, as I found there was no laying them up on heaps, and no carrying them away in a sack, but that one way they would be destroyed, and the other way they would be crushed with their own weight, I took another course; for I gathered a large quantity of the grapes, and hung them trees, that they might cure and dry in the sun; and as for the limes and lemons, I carried as many back as I could well stand under.
Pickwick, when Pott had taken a seat near the fire, and the whole party had got their wet boots off, and dry