But this man went on laughing and talking, while at every step the stone
became more firmly wedged between my shoe and the frog of my foot.
For, with respect to that part of the earth over which the monarch presides, the stone
is endued at one of its sides with an attractive power, and at the other with a repulsive.
At that moment the man with the feathers ceased to gesticulate, and, with his hands placed upon his knees, was following, half-bent, the effort of six workmen to raise a block of hewn stone
to the top of a piece of timber destined to support that stone
, so that the cord of the crane might be passed under it.
Upon this wheel rested the first layers of the masonry, the stones
of which were bound together by hydraulic cement, with irresistible tenacity.
The dimensions of these, however, as well as of the stones
composing them, are comparatively small: but there are other and larger erections of a similar description comprising the 'morais', or burying grounds, and festival-places, in nearly all the valleys of the island.
If I speak truth, the goat-skin with the stones
will lie upon the floor; and if there is truth as to whether it is death to enter here, that ye will learn afterwards.
We went to the quarry from whence the stones
of Baalbec were taken.
Without any endeavour to correct the literality of this opinion, Jasper surveys his companion--covered from head to foot with old mortar, lime, and stone
grit--as though he, Jasper, were getting imbued with a romantic interest in his weird life.
So I brought stones
and piled them up till I could reach him; then I lifted him down, for he was very light, being but skin and bones.
It turned back and forth many times, leading, at last, into a small, circular chamber, the gloom of which was relieved by a faint light which found ingress through a tubular shaft several feet in diameter which rose from the center of the room's ceiling, upward to a distance of a hundred feet or more, where it terminated in a stone
grating through which Tarzan could see a blue and sun-lit sky.
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.
The little boys ran to and fro, dodging, hurling stones
and swearing in barbaric trebles.
these walls - these ivy-clad arcades - These mouldering plinths - these sad and blackened shafts - These vague entablatures - this crumbling frieze - These shattered cornices - this wreck - this ruin - These stones
And when one observes that this mode of expression is not only the most conservative, but also the most simple, the most convenient, the most practicable for all; when one reflects that it does not drag after it bulky baggage, and does not set in motion a heavy apparatus; when one compares thought forced, in order to transform itself into an edifice, to put in motion four or five other arts and tons of gold, a whole mountain of stones
, a whole forest of timber-work, a whole nation of workmen; when one compares it to the thought which becomes a book, and for which a little paper, a little ink, and a pen suffice,--how can one be surprised that human intelligence should have quitted architecture for printing?
Now if there is a buried city beneath all this jungle, this mountain of earth and stones
, the accumulation of centuries, it is probably on the bottom of some vast cavern.