We went along merrily till we came to the toll-bar and the low wooden bridge
. The river banks were rather high, and the bridge
, instead of rising, went across just level, so that in the middle, if the river was full, the water would be nearly up to the woodwork and planks; but as there were good substantial rails on each side, people did not mind it.
I turned to take the road back, and stopped, struck by the tranquil beauty of the last faint light in the western sky, shining behind the black line formed by the parapet of the bridge
These movements left the condemned man and the sergeant standing on the two ends of the same plank, which spanned three of the cross-ties of the bridge
. The end upon which the civilian stood almost, but not quite, reached a fourth.
That little girl is watching it too; she has been standing on just the same spot at the edge of the water ever since I paused on the bridge
. And that queer white cur with the brown ear seems to be leaping and barking in ineffectual remonstrance with the wheel; perhaps he is jealous because his playfellow in the beaver bonnet is so rapt in its movement.
Gub-Gub was a bit scared, walking on such a narrow bridge
at that dizzy height above the river.
"Yes, please do," answered the general, and he repeated the order that had already once been given in detail: "and tell the hussars that they are to cross last and to fire the bridge
as I ordered; and the inflammable material on the bridge
must be reinspected."
"But they can't prevent me from thinking that it would be more natural for us to cross the bridge
on foot, and let the train come after!"
He stood at my side on the bridge
as the ship glided closer and closer to those stupendous waves.
The tower of old Saint Saviour's Church, and the spire of Saint Magnus, so long the giant-warders of the ancient bridge
, were visible in the gloom; but the forest of shipping below bridge
, and the thickly scattered spires of churches above, were nearly all hidden from sight.
Fortunately, there was no one in the big cave at that moment, so he told Dorothy and Polly to run as fast as they could for the entrance, and out across the narrow bridge
Soon, however, they came to a little brook, and as there was no bridge
or foot-plank, they did not know how they were to get over it.
When he reached the Abbey, he turned back and crossed Westminster Bridge
and sat down to watch the trails of smoke behind the Houses of Parliament catch fire with the sunset.
Before crossing the bridge
which led to Zembin, he confided the fate of his own rear-guard now left in Studzianka to Eble, the savior of all those who survived the calamities of the Beresina.
Now Guph had heard, during his long lifetime, many tales of these dreaded Phanfasms; so he had heard of this barrier of melted lava, and also he had been told that there was a narrow bridge
that spanned it in one place.
It unveiled for a sinister, fluttering moment a ragged mass of clouds hanging low, the lurch of the long outlines of the ship, the black figures of men caught on the bridge
, heads forward, as if petrified in the act of butting.