However, as I found there was no laying them up on heaps, and no carrying them away in a sack, but that one way they would be destroyed, and the other way they would be crushed with their own weight, I took another course; for I gathered a large quantity of the grapes, and hung them trees, that they might cure and dry
in the sun; and as for the limes and lemons, I carried as many back as I could well stand under.
`As wet as ever,' said Alice in a melancholy tone: `it doesn't seem to dry
me at all.'
All day it streamed rain; the island ran like a sop, there was no dry
spot to be found; and when I lay down that night, between two boulders that made a kind of roof, my feet were in a bog.
Although the beaks and feet of birds are generally quite clean, I can show that earth sometimes adheres to them: in one instance I removed twenty-two grains of dry
argillaceous earth from one foot of a partridge, and in this earth there was a pebble quite as large as the seed of a vetch.
"My dress is dry
enough, but I won't feel real comfor'ble till I get my feet dried."
No wood, however, was placed on the earth, which formed the floor, but it was dry
; and although the wind entered it by innumerable chinks, I found it an agreeable asylum from the snow and rain.
The sun was fast drying their clothing, and Tip stirred up his Majesty's straw so that the warm rays might absorb the moisture and make it as crisp and dry
The moccasins of both men were wet, and this in spite of the intense cold; so when there was no further need for them to leave the oasis of spruce boughs, they took off their moccasins and hung them on short sticks to dry
before the fire, turning them about from time to time.
And the heat went on and on, and sucked up all the moisture, till at last the main channel of the Waingunga was the only stream that carried a trickle of water between its dead banks; and when Hathi, the wild elephant, who lives for a hundred years and more, saw a long, lean blue ridge of rock show dry
in the very centre of the stream, he knew that he was looking at the Peace Rock, and then and there he lifted up his trunk and proclaimed the Water Truce, as his father before him had proclaimed it fifty years ago.
With respect to its source, I do not doubt that this is the case for the Gauchos assured me, that in the middle of the dry
summer, this stream, at the same time with the Colorado has periodical floods; which can only originate in the snow melting on the Andes.
In truth, it turned out to be one of those problematical whales that seem to dry
up and die with a sort of prodigious dyspepsia, or indigestion; leaving their defunct bodies almost entirely bankrupt of anything like oil.
At night they landed, hauled up their boat to dry
, pitched their tent, and made a rousing fire.