First came ten soldiers carrying clubs; these were all shaped like the three gardeners
, oblong and flat, with their hands and feet at the corners: next the ten courtiers; these were ornamented all over with diamonds, and walked two and two, as the soldiers did.
Because," said the gardener
, "I see that you are a stranger and a Mussulman, and this town is almost entirely inhabited by idolaters, who hate and persecute all of our faith.
Instead, he wandered about the deserted buildings and grounds, befriended and misunderstood by the servants and gardeners
, reading much, it is remembered, spending his days in the fields or before the fire-place with his nose poked always in the pages of some book.
Then an army of gardeners
arrived with fairy carts and spades and seeds and bulbs and forcing-houses, and soon they had a flower garden to the right of the verandah and a vegetable garden to the left, and roses and clematis on the walls of the house, and in less time than five minutes all these dear things were in full bloom.
Returning to the purely ornamental part of the grounds, Geoffrey encountered one of the footmen giving a message to one of the gardeners
All he had to tell Lady Janet was that he had met one of the gardeners
in the conservatory, and had cautioned him as well as the lodge-keeper.
But the gardeners
of the classical period, who cultivated the best pear they could procure, never thought what splendid fruit we should eat; though we owe our excellent fruit, in some small degree, to their having naturally chosen and preserved the best varieties they could anywhere find.
Captain Boldwig was a little fierce man in a stiff black neckerchief and blue surtout, who, when he did condescend to walk about his property, did it in company with a thick rattan stick with a brass ferrule, and a gardener
with meek faces, to whom (the gardeners
, not the stick) Captain Boldwig gave his orders with all due grandeur and ferocity; for Captain Boldwig's wife's sister had married a marquis, and the captain's house was a villa, and his land 'grounds,' and it was all very high, and mighty, and great.
In either case, he was severely whip- ped by the chief gardener
As soon as I awoke I sent for the gardener
and asked him if the fruit on the three trees had not ripened in the night to perfection.
That would compromise the honor of the French army, to say nothing of the fact that the continual presence of a captain of Spahis in a place where no warlike projects could be supposed to account for it might well create surprise; so I have become a gardener
, and, consequently, adopted the costume of my calling.
he seemed to be yet surely a mad one, by the way he brandished his rake--madder, by the way he broke, ever and anon, into a frantic jig--maddest of all, by the shriek in which he brought out the last words of the stanza!