But often and often, at the close of a weary day's journey, did Telephassa and Cadmus, Cilix, and Thasus, remember the pleasant spot
in which they had left Phoenix.
It happened that a distinguished astronomer selected a beautiful seat, that was placed on the very margin of our position, as a favorite spot
for his observations and discourses; from a recollection of the latter of which, in particular, I still derive indescribable satisfaction.
When you first made this assertion I thought you were jesting; but afterwards I called to mind the peculiar spots
on the back of the insect, and admitted to myself that your remark had some little foundation in fact.
To satisfy himself that this spot
was really the centre of the earth, a sceptic once paid well for the privilege of ascending to the dome of the church to see if the sun gave him a shadow at noon.
Soon he was up again, and away,--not far into the country, but back towards London by the high-road--then back again--then over another part of the same ground as he already traversed--then wandering up and down in fields, and lying on ditches' brinks to rest, and starting up to make for some other spot
, and do the same, and ramble on again.
But if they have not the map, which is possible, and if we start to dig where the professor's memory tells him is the right spot
, we'll only give them the tip, and they'll dig there also.
He thought he would satisfy himself on that point; so he searched around till he found a small sandy spot
with a little funnel-shaped depression in it.
But you won't peach unless they get the black spot
on me, or unless you see that Black Dog again or a seafaring man with one leg, Jim--him above all.
He raised the door and I caught sight of the top of a spiral staircase; then he said, turning to the lady, "Madam, this is the way that will lead you down to the spot
which I told you of.
Planchet had followed the road; like Athos, he had discovered the stains of blood; like Athos, he had noted the spot
where the horses had halted.
Descending into the grotto, he lifted the stone, filled his pockets with gems, put the box together as well and securely as he could, sprinkled fresh sand over the spot
from which it had been taken, and then carefully trod down the earth to give it everywhere a uniform appearance; then, quitting the grotto, he replaced the stone, heaping on it broken masses of rocks and rough fragments of crumbling granite, filling the interstices with earth, into which he deftly inserted rapidly growing plants, such as the wild myrtle and flowering thorn, then carefully watering these new plantations, he scrupulously effaced every trace of footsteps, leaving the approach to the cavern as savage-looking and untrodden as he had found it.
They began to look around them for some spot
where they might worship God, not as the king and bishops thought fit, but according to the dictates of their own consciences.