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As the labor of drawing the net had been very great, he directed one party of his men to commence throwing the fish into piles, preparatory to the usual division, while another, under the superintendence of Benjamin, prepared the seine for a second haul.
In one corner was a pile of human skulls reaching almost to the ceiling and in another a stack of dried Wieroo wings.
I climbed up on one of the piles," explained Anne wearily, "and Gilbert Blythe came along in Mr.
Rounding the base of a large pile of grass-covered debris, we came suddenly upon the best preserved ruin we had yet discovered.
A man must for years examine for himself great piles of superimposed strata, and watch the sea at work grinding down old rocks and making fresh sediment, before he can hope to comprehend anything of the lapse of time, the monuments of which we see around us.
They may be traced up to a height of between 7000 and 9000 feet, where they become hidden by the irregular piles of debris.
Down the railroad they went and sat on a pile of decaying railroad ties beside the tracks.
She looked down to see that her hand lay upon a pile of silk stockings.
Duncan seized a pile of the sassafras, which he drew before the passage, studiously concealing every appearance of an aperture.
But the Pequod was only making a passage now; not regularly cruising; nearly all whaling preparatives needing supervision the mates were fully competent to, so that there was little or nothing, out of himself, to employ or excite Ahab, now; and thus chase away, for that one interval, the clouds that layer upon layer were piled upon his brow, as ever all clouds choose the loftiest peaks to pile themselves upon.
On the right bank, two or three miles below the Spectacular Ruin, we passed by a noble pile of castellated buildings overlooking the water from the crest of a lofty elevation.
I snatched a cutlass from the pile, and someone, at the same time snatching another, gave me a cut across the knuckles which I hardly felt.