The rest of the Wheelers had now reached the foot of the hill, but it was evident that their wheels would not roll upon the rough and jagged
rocks, and therefore they were helpless to follow Dorothy and the hen to where they had taken refuge.
Right and left of us they towered, with the afternoon sun falling full upon them and bringing out all the glorious colours of this beautiful range, deep blue and purple in the shadows of the peaks, green and brown where grass and rock mingled, and an endless perspective of jagged
rock and pointed crags, till these were themselves lost in the distance, where the snowy peaks rose grandly.
From where they now stood they could look forward down a long vista of beech woods and jagged
rock-strewn wilderness, all white with snow, to where the pass opened out upon the uplands beyond.
Rolling pasture lands curved upward on either side of us, and old gabled houses peeped out from amid the thick green foliage, but behind the peaceful and sunlit countryside there rose ever, dark against the evening sky, the long, gloomy curve of the moor, broken by the jagged
and sinister hills.
A mass of rock would soon hide them from my view; but so keen was the excitement of the instant that I could not refrain from crawling forward to a point whence I could watch the dashing of the small craft to pieces on the jagged
rocks that loomed before her, al-though I risked discovery from above to accomplish my design.
During this slow and tedious progress the boat would be exposed to frequent danger from floating trees and great masses of drift- wood, or to be impaled upon snags and sawyers; that is to say, sunken trees, presenting a jagged
or pointed end above the surface of the water.
It was a very wide ditch, and when they crept up to the edge and looked into it they could see it was also very deep, and there were many big, jagged
rocks at the bottom.
Blackness engulfed them on every side, and in breathless silence they waited for the fall to end and crush them against jagged
rocks or for the earth to close in on them again and bury them forever in its dreadful depths.
The Sagoth nearest the cave bear, finding his escape blocked, turned and leaped deliberately to an awful death upon the jagged
rocks three hundred feet below.
Our friends had come to a little hollow in the hills, and the place where they now stood was surrounded by jagged
peaks of rock, except where the road ran through.
From the deck of our schooner, anchored in the middle of the bay, he indicated by a theatrical sweep of his arm along the jagged
outline of the hills the whole of his domain; and the ample movement seemed to drive back its limits, augmenting it suddenly into something so immense and vague that for a moment it appeared to be bounded only by the sky.
Great heaps of ashes; stagnant pools, overgrown with rank grass and duckweed; broken turnstiles; and the upright posts of palings long since carried off for firewood, which menaced all heedless walkers with their jagged
and rusty nails; were the leading features of the landscape: while here and there a donkey, or a ragged horse, tethered to a stake, and cropping off a wretched meal from the coarse stunted turf, were quite in keeping with the scene, and would have suggested (if the houses had not done so, sufficiently, of themselves) how very poor the people were who lived in the crazy huts adjacent, and how foolhardy it might prove for one who carried money, or wore decent clothes, to walk that way alone, unless by daylight.