There had been a good deal of road-mending going on, and even where the stones
were not freshly laid down there were a great many loose ones about.
Upon this wheel rested the first layers of the masonry, the stones
of which were bound together by hydraulic cement, with irresistible tenacity.
Some of the stones
, of an oblong shape, are from ten to fifteen feet in length, and five or six feet thick.
But once has this place been entered since the time that those who hid the stones
departed in haste, leaving them behind.
We went to the quarry from whence the stones
of Baalbec were taken.
Sometimes the stones
hit him, and sometimes they miss him, but Durdles seems indifferent to either fortune.
"Now come hither, Umslopogaas, place your hand upon the wall of the cave, just here; it is smooth, is it not?--smooth as the stones
on which women grind their corn.
Since, when the farther beach had been reached, the positions would be reversed and Wiwau would carry the stones
back while Tiha prodded, and since Wiwau knew that for what she gave Tiha would then try to give more, Wiwau exerted herself to give the utmost while yet she could.
wan light of the horned moon, The swift and silent lizard of the stones
cannot be removed from its place by any force, because the hoop and its feet are one continued piece with that body of adamant which constitutes the bottom of the island.
The six men, all on one side of the stone
, united their efforts to raise it to eight or ten inches from the ground, sweating and blowing, whilst a seventh got ready against there should be daylight enough beneath it to slide in the roller that was to support it.
And when matins and the first mass were done, there was seen in the churchyard, against the high altar, a great stone foursquare, like unto a marble stone, and in the midst thereof was like an anvil of steel a foot on high, and therein stuck a fair sword naked by the point, and letters there were written in gold about the sword that said thus:-- 'Whoso pulleth out this sword of the stone
and anvil is rightwise king born of all England.'
faces on the outer wails stared blindly at the black night for three heavy hours; for three heavy hours, the horses in the stables rattled at their racks, the dogs barked, and the owl made a noise with very little resemblance in it to the noise conventionally assigned to the owl by men-poets.
He came to the stone
steps leading upward to the higher level.
Mutely marching over the scornful clinking of pebbles, trampling the stone
that let it slip: thus did my foot force its way upwards.