AND so it went on for a fortnight; till a big wind blew off the top of the tree
, and opened up the hole and let in the rain.
The golden star of tinsel was still on the top of the Tree
, and glittered in the sunshine.
The youth hesitated for a little, but presently he heard the birds saying from the top of the tree
, 'Go where she calls you, but take care to give no blood, or you will sell your soul.
Maintaining this position for a moment, the strange emotions depicted on his countenance soften down into one of humorous resignation to my will, and then looking wistfully up to the tufted top of the tree
, he stands on tip-toe, straining his neck and elevating his arm, as though endeavouring to reach the fruit from the ground where he stands.
The poor men were now in great perplexity whether they should stand and keep their posture or fly; but after a very short debate with themselves, they considered that if the savages ranged the country thus before help came, they might perhaps find their retreat in the woods, and then all would be lost; so they resolved to stand them there, and if they were too many to deal with, then they would get up to the top of the tree
, from whence they doubted not to defend themselves, fire excepted, as long as their ammunition lasted, though all the savages that were landed, which was near fifty, were to attack them.
And so a man climbs to the top of the tree
, Mr Wegg, only to see that there's no look-out when he's up there
He has never done anything in his life to help himself, and, as a necessary consequence, Society is in a conspiracy to carry him to the top of the tree
The old man's joints were stiff and he could not climb, so the sailors, by means of short ends of rope tied together, hoisted him up the trunk, a few feet at a time, till they could make him fast, at the top of the tree
, fifty feet from the ground.
His Honor--a pretty title, but still, not at the top of the tree