In cold weather he was distinguished by a fur cap, surmounted with a flaunting fox's tail; and when the folks at a country gathering descried this well-known crest at a distance, whisking about among a squad of hard riders, they always stood by for a squall.
Brom Bones, however, was the hero of the scene, having come to the gathering on his favorite steed Daredevil, a creature, like himself, full of mettle and mischief, and which no one but himself could manage.
But Ulysses gave a great cry, and gathering
himself together swooped down like a soaring eagle.
up all he could carry under one arm, he overturned the seething cauldron with a kick, and disappeared into the foliage above just as the first of the returning natives entered the gate at the far end of the village street.
After a time, learning that if he persisted, she would settle the situation by gathering
him into her arms and gurgling into his ears, he made it a point to act his part until such delectable surrender and joyful culmination were achieved.
There also was the abode of the gods, pure Olympus, and their assembly, and infinite riches were spread around in the gathering, the Muses of Pieria were beginning a song like clear-voiced singers.
And some held reaping hooks and were gathering the vintage, while others were taking from the reapers into baskets white and black clusters from the long rows of vines which were heavy with leaves and tendrils of silver.
She compromised, however, by taking upon herself the lighter labours of cooking and gathering
driftwood and moss for our winter's supply.
The official organs of the world allude to it, if at all, as an unimportant gathering
called together to discuss certain frontier questions with which England had nothing to do.
But that first doubtful tottering moment passed, he seemed to gather strength with his gathering
excitement; and the next day, when he was seated at table with his creditors, his eye kindling and his cheek flushed with the consciousness that he was about to make an honorable figure once more, he looked more like the proud, confident, warm-hearted, and warm-tempered Tulliver of old times than might have seemed possible to any one who had met him a week before, riding along as had been his wont for the last four years since the sense of failure and debt had been upon him,--with his head hanging down, casting brief, unwilling looks on those who forced themselves on his notice.
THE GREEN RIVER VALLEY was at this time the scene of one of those general gatherings
of traders, trappers, and Indians, that we have already mentioned.
She had been married during the previous winter, and being pregnant did not go to any large gatherings
, but only to small receptions.