Treading hastily behind him, and stretching forth his gauntleted hand as if to grasp the old man's shoulder, came a tall, soldier-like figure
, equipped with a plumed cap of steel, a bright breastplate, and a long sword, which rattled against the stairs.
SOCRATES: You only assert that the round figure
is not more a figure
than the straight, or the straight than the round?
Never," replied the figure
, with a shudder, "that breeds cheerfulness.
By fine degrees the shadows assumed a more and more marked outline, until they presented themselves in the likeness of two robed figures
, one taller than the other.
In obedience to Mother Rigby's word, and extending its arm as if to reach her outstretched hand, the figure
made a step forward--a kind of hitch and jerk, however, rather than a step--then tottered and almost lost its balance.
The child, in the agony of being so near, had almost darted forward with the design of bursting into the room and closing it behind her, when the figure
But, the fierce figures
were steadily wending East, West, North, and South, be that as it would; and whosoever hung, fire burned.
She was as destitute of clothes as the green Martians who accompanied her; indeed, save for her highly wrought ornaments she was entirely naked, nor could any apparel have enhanced the beauty of her perfect and symmetrical figure
Now am I fully convinced," said Don Quixote, "of what I had many a time before believed; that the enchanters who persecute me do nothing more than put figures
like these before my eyes, and then change and turn them into what they please.
He stopped indecisively because a sixth figure
had suddenly presented itself just inside the doorway--a figure
so incongruous in the scene as to be almost comic.
Surely, I had seen that tall, noble figure
somewhere before, that haughty head; and then with the apparition a thought struck me--but, no
At first he tried to pick the little figures
from the leaves, but he soon saw that they were not real, though he knew not what they might be, nor had he any words to describe them.