During this time I made my rounds in the woods for game every day when the rain
permitted me, and made frequent discoveries in these walks of something or other to my advantage; particularly, I found a kind of wild pigeons, which build, not as wood-pigeons in a tree, but rather as house-pigeons, in the holes of the rocks; and taking some young ones, I endeavoured to breed them up tame, and did so; but when they grew older they flew away, which perhaps was at first for want of feeding them, for I had nothing to give them; however, I frequently found their nests, and got their young ones, which were very good meat.
was already ceasing, and it was beginning to get light when Levin reached them.
Just lately she has been favoring us with almost incessant rain
for about three weeks; and I am a demned damp, moist, unpleasant body, as Mr.
She was very much obliged to him, but declined it all, repeating her conviction, that the rain
would come to nothing at present, and adding, "I am only waiting for Mr Elliot.
"Only a short time ago you told me there would be no more Rain
of Stones or of People," said the Prince.
You are to thank your brother and me for the scheme; it darted into our heads at breakfast-time, I verily believe at the same instant; and we should have been off two hours ago if it had not been for this detestable rain
. But it does not signify, the nights are moonlight, and we shall do delightfully.
That the surrounding country was most barren will be readily believed, when it is known that a shower of rain
had not fallen during the last thirteen months.
"Who don't know anything of us, and where it comes from; or think how we two drove miles across the moor tonight in the rain
that it might reach 'em in time?"
Expatiating upon this learned and remarkable theory, and citing many curious statistical and other facts in its support, Sam Weller beguiled the time until they reached Dunchurch, where a dry postboy and fresh horses were procured; the next stage was Daventry, and the next Towcester; and at the end of each stage it rained
harder than it had done at the beginning.
"Heavy showers, with thunderstorms, may be expected to-day," it would say on Monday, and so we would give up our picnic, and stop indoors all day, waiting for the rain
. - And people would pass the house, going off in wagonettes and coaches as jolly and merry as could be, the sun shining out, and not a cloud to be seen.
And, besides, he said them little birds had said it was going to rain
, and did I want the things to get wet?
On the twelfth of July, on the eve of that action, there was a heavy storm of rain
Weston's coat, carefully wiped the rain
from his hat, and gave the cat its supper, busily talking all the time: now thanking her clerical friend for what he had done; now wondering how the cat had found out the warren; and now lamenting the probable consequences of such a discovery.
They fly far and wide, in rain
and sunshine; they know the whole forest here, both within and without."
In his poem called "The Little Rain
", which I have (perhaps somewhat rashly) attempted, there is all the graciousness of fine rain
falling upon sullen furrows, which charms the world into spring.