I was diverted with none so much as that of the rope-dancers, performed upon a slender white thread
, extended about two feet, and twelve inches from the ground.
On another occasion (25th) under similar circumstances, I repeatedly observed the same kind of small spider, either when placed or having crawled on some little eminence, elevate its abdomen, send forth a thread
, and then sail away horizontally, but with a rapidity which was quite unaccountable.
His mind was concrete and moved with difficulty in regions of the abstract; but, even when he could not follow the reasoning, it gave him a curious pleasure to follow the tortuosities of thoughts that threaded
their nimble way on the edge of the incomprehensible.
As such a ship huggeth the shore, tuggeth the shore:--then it sufficeth for a spider to spin its thread
from the ship to the land.
Quick as a flash she understood the joke, her fear vanished, and with a wicked smile, she whipped out her scissors, cut the threads
, and the bony arm dropped with a rattle.
A button of mine--the devil take it!--a button of mine that was hanging by a single thread
suddenly broke off, and hopped and skipped and rattled and rolled until it had reached the feet of his Excellency himself--this amid a profound general silence!
They pretended they were taking the cloth from the loom, cut with huge scissors in the air, sewed with needles without thread
, and then said at last, 'Now the clothes are finished!'
Bless you, child, when you set out to thread
a needle don't hold the thread
still and fetch the needle up to it; hold the needle still and poke the thread
at it; that's the way a woman most always does, but a man always does t'other way.
Their owners had evidently come to that spot to make some needful repairs in the stage arrangements, for one of them was engaged in binding together a small gallows with thread
, while the other was intent upon fixing a new black wig, with the aid of a small hammer and some tacks, upon the head of the radical neighbour, who had been beaten bald.
It was as if the thread
of the chief screw which held his life together were stripped, so that the screw could not get in or out, but went on turning uselessly in the same place.
(4) A morsel of torn gold thread
was picked up in the bedroom, which persons expert in such matters, declare to be of Indian manufacture, and to be a species of gold thread
not known in England.
The shepherd himself, though he had good reason to believe that the bag held nothing but flaxen thread
, or else the long rolls of strong linen spun from that thread
, was not quite sure that this trade of weaving, indispensable though it was, could be carried on entirely without the help of the Evil One.
Each of them threaded
her needle with a short end of thread
attached to the work, which was instantly pulled by an invisible force through the stuff, dragging the needle after it: the nimble fingers of the little sempstress caught it at the other side, but only to lose it again the next moment.
I entered through the convent gate: The abbot bade me welcome there, And in the court of silent dreams I lost the thread
of worldly care.
Once on a time I really imagined myself "an author of fairy tales," but now I am merely an editor or private secretary for a host of youngsters whose ideas I am requestsed to weave into the thread
of my stories.