The minute supper was over, Otto took me into the kitchen to whisper to me about a pony down in the barn
that had been bought for me at a sale; he had been riding him to find out whether he had any bad tricks, but he was a `perfect gentleman,' and his name was Dude.
One farmer had kept his barn
from being burned down by telephoning for his neighbors; another had cleared five hundred dollars extra profit on the sale of his cattle, by telephoning to the best market; a third had rescued a flock of sheep by sending quick news of an approaching blizzard; a fourth had saved his son's life by getting an instantaneous message to the doctor; and so on.
That rich undulating district of Loamshire to which Hayslope belonged lies close to a grim outskirt of Stonyshire, overlooked by its barren hills as a pretty blooming sister may sometimes be seen linked in the arm of a rugged, tall, swarthy brother; and in two or three hours' ride the traveller might exchange a bleak treeless region, intersected by lines of cold grey stone, for one where his road wound under the shelter of woods, or up swelling hills, muffled with hedgerows and long meadow-grass and thick corn; and where at every turn he came upon some fine old country-seat nestled in the valley or crowning the slope, some homestead with its long length of barn
and its cluster of golden ricks, some grey steeple looking out from a pretty confusion of trees and thatch and dark-red tiles.
He led them on and on, through a maze of back kitchens, dairies, larders, and sculleries, that melted along covered ways into a farm-house, visibly older than the main building, which again rambled out among barns
, byres, pig-pens, stalls and stables to the dead fields behind.
Winthrop, without beauty and without dignity, was stretched before them an indifferent house, standing low, and hemmed in by the barns
and buildings of a farm-yard.
There were also pretty little barns
, with china fences around them; and many cows and sheep and horses and pigs and chickens, all made of china, were standing about in groups.
Let us say here that a prince's apartment was then composed of never less than eleven large rooms, from the chamber of state to the oratory, not to mention the galleries, baths, vapor-baths, and other "superfluous places," with which each apartment was provided; not to mention the private gardens for each of the king's guests; not to mention the kitchens, the cellars, the domestic offices, the general refectories of the house, the poultry-yards, where there were twenty-two general laboratories, from the bakehouses to the wine-cellars; games of a thousand sorts, malls, tennis, and riding at the ring; aviaries, fishponds, menageries, stables, barns
, libraries, arsenals and foundries.
In the old days the hoppers slept in barns
, but ten years ago a row of huts had been erected at the side of a meadow; and the Athelnys, like many others, had the same hut every year.
There were walled enclosures like gardens and rickyards and great roofs of barns
and many electric dairy centres.
A thin spiral of smoke arose at the right of the bungalow where the barns
had stood, but there were no barns
there now, and from the bungalow chimney from which smoke should have arisen, there arose nothing.
There were big, trim barns
behind it, and everything bespoke prosperity.
Leonard's, in the great monastic barns
and spicarium--ground well known both to Alleyne and to John, for they were almost within sight of the Abbey of Beaulieu.