Having now told the story of Rosanna, I have only to notice one of the many queer ways of this strange girl to get on next to the story of the sands
Oh," said Dorothy, when the shaggy man had read the sign aloud; "I've seen this desert before, and it's true no one can live who tries to walk upon the sands.
Sail this boat the way you've seen a ship sailed, and you'll be across the sands before you know it.
Most of the soil had been washed away or buried in drift after the removal of the trees; only where the streamlet ran down from the kettle a thick bed of moss and some ferns and little creeping bushes were still green among the sand.
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.
The beautiful salmon boat lay on the hard sand
, squashed flat as a pancake, while on it were perched French Frank's schooner and the Reindeer.
One can imagine them, covered with sand
, excited and disordered, running up the little street in the bright sunlight just as the shop folks were taking down their shutters and people were opening their bedroom windows.
Finally, down near the water's edge, Billina stuck her bill deep into the sand
, and then drew back and shivered.
There was not a variation in the surface of the soil, not a hillock of sand
, not a pebble, to relieve the gaze.
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.
Both shifted their postures slightly, but vain was the attempt to escape from the dull, aching contact of the sand
Nevertheless, whatever my start sprang from was prophetic; for, as I gazed, he started walking briskly in a bee-line towards us across the wide wet sands
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.
But the tide was coming in; the water was rising; the gulfs and lakes were filling; the straits were widening: it was time to seek some safer footing; so I walked, skipped, and stumbled back to the smooth, wide sands
, and resolved to proceed to a certain bold projection in the cliffs, and then return.