With the exception of their ornaments
all were naked.
Not that all architectural ornament
is to be neglected even in the rudest periods; but let our houses first be lined with beauty, where they come in contact with our lives, like the tenement of the shellfish, and not overlaid with it.
"But how can I wear ornaments
if you, who are the elder sister, will never wear them?"
One of the parties that searched farther for a location for the tribe when first they settled here came upon a strange people who wore many ornaments
of yellow metal.
After admiring the pretty things, he took out a fine golden watch with a big chain, several handsome finger-rings, and an ornament
of rubies to pin upon the breast of his shaggy shirt-bosom.
"I am very anxious," she continued, "to liberate the Queen of Ev and her children who are now ornaments
and bric-a-brac in your Majesty's palace, and to restore them to their people.
When Akut was by, the small folk kept their distance, but with Korak they were less shy and when both the males were gone they would come close to Meriem, tugging at her ornaments
or playing with Geeka, who was a never ending source of amusement to them.
Their arms and necks were encircled by many ornaments
of metal--silver predominating--and on their tunics were sewn the heads of tiny reptiles in odd and rather artistic designs.
The carved pearl-shell ornament
that hung from nose to chin and impeded speech was purely ornamental, as were the holes in his ears mere utilities for carrying pipe and tobacco.
A hunting-shirt of ruffled calico of bright dyes, or of ornamented
leather, falls to his knee; below which, curiously fashioned legging, ornamented
with strings, fringes, and a profusion of hawks' bells, reach to a costly pair of moccasons of the finest Indian fabric, richly embroidered with beads.
"That is all very well," said one of the older foxes; "but I do not think you would have recommended us to dispense with our chief ornament
if you had not happened to lose it yourself."
"Very good," said Sancho; "but now I want to know- the tombs where the bodies of those great lords are, have they silver lamps before them, or are the walls of their chapels ornamented
with crutches, winding-sheets, tresses of hair, legs and eyes in wax?