The floor was a little raised, so that it was kept perfectly dry, and by its vicinity to the chimney of the cottage
it was tolerably warm.
It seems as innocent of a destination as a boy on an errand; but, after taking at least six times as long as any other road in the kingdom for its amount of work, you usually find it dip down of a sudden into some lovely natural cul-de-sac, a meadow-bottom surrounded by trees, with a stream spreading itself in fantastic silver shallows through its midst, and a cottage
half hidden at the end.
He stopped before the door of his own cottage
, which was the fourth one from the main building and next to the last.
Jealously surrounded by its own high walls, the cottage
suggested, even to the most unimaginative persons, the idea of an asylum or a prison.
It was clear that the cottage
had at last been let.
Dunstan's own recent difficulty in making his way suggested to him that the weaver had perhaps gone outside his cottage
to fetch in fuel, or for some such brief purpose, and had slipped into the Stone-pit.
Doubling in and out among the underbrush and heather with the agility of a hare, he soon came out of the wood in the rear of the cottage
, and thrust his head through a tiny window.
Bewildered by the noise, panic-stricken as the danger from the shells threatened the cottage
more and more nearly, Grace threw her arms round the nurse, and clung, in the abject familiarity of terror, to the woman whose hand she had shrunk from touching not five minutes since.
These parlors are both too small for such parties of our friends as I hope to see often collected here; and I have some thoughts of throwing the passage into one of them with perhaps a part of the other, and so leave the remainder of that other for an entrance; this, with a new drawing room which may be easily added, and a bed-chamber and garret above, will make it a very snug little cottage
. I could wish the stairs were handsome.
Hardyman instantly directed the servants to search in the cottage
and out of the cottage
for the dog.
'Husband, there is not near room enough for us in this cottage
; the courtyard and the garden are a great deal too small; I should like to have a large stone castle to live in: go to the fish again and tell him to give us a castle.' 'Wife,' said the fisherman, 'I don't like to go to him again, for perhaps he will be angry; we ought to be easy with this pretty cottage
to live in.' 'Nonsense!' said the wife; 'he will do it very willingly, I know; go along and try!'
The frank-hearted stranger had just drawn his chair to the fire when something like a heavy footstep was heard without, rushing down the steep side of the mountain, as with long and rapid strides, and taking such a leap in passing the cottage
as to strike the opposite precipice.