He wondered if he were not looking upon the ruins
of the civilization that this strange people had wrought amid the savage surroundings of their strange and savage home.
The aspect of the place in the dusk was singularly desolate: blackened trees, blackened, desolate ruins
, and down the hill the sheets of the flooded river, red-tinged with the weed.
They conceal something; they exaggerate chances of good luck; hide away the real state of affairs; say that things are flourishing when they are hopeless, keep a smiling face (a dreary smile it is) upon the verge of bankruptcy--are ready to lay hold of any pretext for delay or of any money, so as to stave off the inevitable ruin
a few days longer.
"Why, manage like Mihail Petrovitch, or let the land for half the crop or for rent to the peasants; that one can do--only that's just how the general prosperity of the country is being ruined
. Where the land with serf-labor and good management gave a yield of nine to one, on the half-crop system it yields three to one.
Duncan had prepared himself to pass the night in watchfulness near them, just without the ruin
, but the scout, perceiving his intention, pointed toward Chingachgook, as he coolly disposed his own person on the grass, and said:
It was not the first time she had stolen away to the ruin
at night-time, when the whole plantation slept; but she never before had been there with a heart so nearly broken.
"And so," she said, "here we are, ruined
in the prime of our youth and strength, you by a drunkard, and I by a fool; it is very hard." We both felt in ourselves that we were not what we had been.
But you would have to say good-bye to all your own people and come and be my constant companion in this ruined
! Now it is revealed, this secret so full of horror, as the tragic poet says.
Pompeii is in good condition compared to Sebastopol.
No flames were seen, but columns of smoke rose on all sides, and all Moscow as far as Pierre could see was one vast charred ruin
. On all sides there were waste spaces with only stoves and chimney stacks still standing, and here and there the blackened walls of some brick houses.
"I prefer," Trent said, "a crisis now, to ruin
in the future.