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The wind will blow you swiftly across the desert and the sand cannot touch your flesh to turn it into dust.
Finally, down near the water's edge, Billina stuck her bill deep into the sand, and then drew back and shivered.
Billina showed her the place where she had "stubbed her bill," as she expressed it, and Dorothy dug away the sand until she felt something hard.
In attempting to lift it from its burying place I dis-covered that it seemed to be held fast by means of a very small insulated cable running farther into the sand beneath it.
In the morning, after carefully returning the box to its hole and covering it over with sand, I called my servants about me, snatched a hurried breakfast, mounted my horse, and started upon a forced march for Algiers.
He went off sulking, but more sheepishly than I had expected-- perhaps he had been shaken by his fall--and I watched the star of sand splashed on his back receding down the road with a horrid vindictive pleasure.
There was sand in our eyes, sand in our teeth, sand in our suppers, sand dancing in the spring at the bottom of the kettle, for all the world like porridge beginning to boil.
Before supper was eaten we buried old Tom in the sand and stood round him for a while bare-headed in the breeze.
The fifty dollars reward would never be paid for that pitiful mess of splinters on the sand beneath us.
I was naturally startled, and lost no time in going out and across the Ottershaw bridge to the sand pits.
Not even an echo replied, and his voice died out in the empty vastness of surrounding space, like a pebble cast into a bottomless gulf; then, down he sank, fainting, on the sand, alone, amid the eternal silence of the desert.
The latter, uneasy at his master's prolonged absence, had set out after him, easily tracing him by the clear imprint of his feet in the sand, and had found him lying in a swoon.
He changed his position on the maddening sand and sighed heavily.
The tubes, as I have already remarked, enter the sand nearly in a vertical direction.
The weight of the sand this can contain would not in itself be sufficient to obstruct; but the friction of such a body working up against it would be tremendous.