But his gardening made him attentive to the heavens, and the proximity of the Bun Hill gas-works and the Crystal Palace, from which ascents were continually being made, and presently the descent of ballast upon his potatoes, conspired to bear in upon his unwilling mind the fact that the Goddess of Change was turning her disturbing attention to the sky.
And then one bright day Bert, motoring toward Croydon, was arrested by the insurgence of a huge, bolster-shaped monster from the Crystal Palace grounds, and obliged to dismount and watch it.
With hot heart I took the green winding path, and presently came the little grassy glade, and the bubbling crystal
well, and the hut of wattled boughs, and, looking through the open door of the hut, I saw a lovely girl lying asleep in her golden hair.
But a short distance from the circular chamber we came suddenly into a brilliantly lighted labyrinth of crystal glass partitioned passages.
Far in the distance, dimly through the many thicknesses of intervening crystal, as in a haze that made them seem unreal and ghostly, I discerned the figures of eight people--three females and five men.
Presently the Tin Woodman changed his position, and at once Ojo, to the astonishment of all, dropped to the floor and held his crystal vial under the Emperor's knee joint.
I had no idea, at first, that there was such a thing; but it's now safe in the little crystal vial."
How mean you, good sir, to enjoy the prize which you have been seeking, the Lord knows how long, among the Crystal Hills?"
"No castle," replied Matthew, "but as neat a cottage as any within sight of the Crystal Hills.
I then made up many packages of rubies, emeralds, rock crystal
, ambergris, and precious stuffs, and bound them upon my raft, being careful to preserve the balance, and then I seated myself upon it, having two small oars that I had fashioned laid ready to my hand, and loosed the cord which held it to the bank.
Impatient at not being recognised, Fairer-than-a-Fairy now drew out her third present, and on opening the crystal
scent-bottle a little syren flew out, who silenced the violins and then sang close to the Prince's ear the story of all his lady love had suffered in her search for him.
The obscurity of the saloon showed to advantage the brightness outside, and we looked out as if this pure crystal
had been the glass of an immense aquarium.
From behind the crystal
decanters and fruit vases the count kept glancing at his wife and her tall cap with its light-blue ribbons, and busily filled his neighbors' glasses, not neglecting his own.
Edna could not help but think that it was very foolish, very childish, to have stamped upon her wedding ring and smashed the crystal
vase upon the tiles.
In both countries it was clearer than crystal
to the lords of the State preserves of loaves and fishes, that things in general were settled for ever.