The clump of laurel in which the criminal lay was in the angle of a road which, after, ascending, southward, a steep acclivity to that point, turned sharply to the west, running along the summit for perhaps one hundred yards.
The sleeping sentinel in the clump of laurel was a young Virginian named Carter Druse.
From the vast, invisible ocean of moonlight overhead fell, here and there, a slender, broken stream that seemed to plash against the intercepting branches and trickle to earth, forming small white pools among the clumps of laurel
. But these leaks were few and served only to accentuate the blackness of his environment, which his imagination found it easy to people with all manner of unfamiliar shapes, menacing, uncanny, or merely grotesque.
it writhed and groaned; while wind roared in the laurel
walk, and came sweeping over us.
And then he told how a friend--his good taste did not suffer him more than to hint subtly who the friend was with such gracious fancies--had laid a laurel
wreath on the dead poet's heart; and the beautiful dead hands had seemed to rest with a voluptuous passion upon Apollo's leaves, fragrant with the fragrance of art, and more green than jade brought by swart mariners from the manifold, inexplicable China.
On one side of the house stood the stable, on the other an alley or cloister of laurels
led to the larger garden behind.
He could exhibit laurels
. They were insignificant; still, in a district where laurels
were infrequent, they might shine.
The immense egotism of youth forced me on my own path, but (cry of the human always!) had I known--if I had known--I would many times have bartered my poor laurels
for the privilege, such as Tinsley and Herrera possess, of having aided him in his monumental researches.
- It was but man, I thought, who shed Laurels
upon me: and the rush - The torrent of the chilly air Gurgled within my ear the crush Of empires - with the captive's prayer - The hum of suiters - and the tone Of flattery 'round a sovereign's throne.
Finally he saw the whole scheme complete, the bomb-shell thrown, France hysterically casting laurels
upon the man who had brought her unexpected peace.
Pride flattered him so agreeably, that his mind perhaps enjoyed perfect happiness; but this was only momentary: Sophia soon returned to his imagination, and allayed the joy of his triumph with no less bitter pangs than a good-natured general must feel, when he surveys the bleeding heaps, at the price of whose blood he hath purchased his laurels
; for thousands of tender ideas lay murdered before our conqueror.
A certain gentleman"--he pointed at Crane's back--"won't drive in, but will wait a little short of the front gate, behind the laurels
. Have you still the keys of the house?"