The rod was bent in the middle so that it could be turned as with a crank.
It was to see my native village in the light of the Middle Ages, and our Concord was turned into a Rhine stream, and visions of knights and castles passed before me.
Her curtains were down to seal away the sunlight, and she was curled up in a ball in the middle of her bed with her back to the door.
She approached the window, amazed at the snow, until her gaze fell to a figure kneeling like a dark gargoyle in the middle of the white lawn.
Several of the beefy men living in the house were in the grassy, well-lit courtyard, sparring with swords, knives, and other weaponry that looked like it came straight out of the Middle Ages.
When the eager but misrepeated words had reached their destination in a cry of: "The general to the third company," the missing officer appeared from behind his company and, though he was a middle-aged man and not in the habit of running, trotted awkwardly stumbling on his toes toward the general.
I don't want to be in the middle of your feud.
Didn't stop to think we might be in the middle of helping when you sucked us dry?
We are somewhere in the middle of the earth, and the chances are we'll reach the other side of it before long.
I shall be there by the middle of September.
I was buttonholed by two middle-aged men who alternated telling me their life story.
Folks don't fall into the middle of the earth and then get back again to tell of their adventures--not in real life.
He looked small in the middle of the foyer, and he wore an insincere smile like he might any other piece of easily removable clothing.
A pot-bellied stove in the middle of the main room provided the main heat in the two-bedroom room cottage.
Each checker has a hole in the middle in which a brass knob can be placed to distinguish the king from the commons.
I don't want to be in the middle of your feud.
There was a desk in the middle of the room with voluminous piles of paper and notebooks.
Here he was, apologizing on Julie's behalf, in the middle of the night.
He paused in the middle of the lawn that stretched between the house and the massive garage.
The middle-aged man with bright green eyes standing in his study looked harmless.
And in the middle was a rough table with benches around it instead of chairs.
I know a woodchopper, of middle age, who takes a French paper, not for news as he says, for he is above that, but to "keep himself in practice," he being a Canadian by birth; and when I ask him what he considers the best thing he can do in this world, he says, beside this, to keep up and add to his English.
The latter, a fresh, rosy officer of the Guards, irreproachably washed, brushed, and buttoned, held his pipe in the middle of his mouth and with red lips gently inhaled the smoke, letting it escape from his handsome mouth in rings.
On the other hand, when the issue finally came to a head, she would have been in the middle of it all anyway.
It was the middle of the day, and Alex never took a nap.
A middle-aged woman entered the room, her hands full of hamburger meat as she formed a patty.
She beat a hasty retreat down the hallway, and paused breathlessly in the middle of her bedroom.
The voice on the telephone had belonged to a middle-aged woman dressed modestly in a dark suit.
Cynthia Turley was in the middle of cleaning his favorite table when he walked through the diner door.
He answered brusquely and deposited her things in the middle of the room.
Just bit his … actually, it was his arm, right in the middle of his forearm.
Back toward the middle of the house she went and down into the foyer.
Han nodded, and Damian trotted into the 20,000-square-foot mansion in the middle of the Arizona desert he called home.
He wouldn't let someone like her get stuck in the middle of their war.
One was of medium height and slender, an older man with sharp green eyes the color of forest moss who seemed out of place in the middle of the room.
I stood in the middle of the church, where the vibrations from the great organ were strongest, and I felt the mighty waves of sound beat against me, as the great billows beat against a little ship at sea.
By the middle of April, for I made no haste in my work, but rather made the most of it, my house was framed and ready for the raising.
The crowds of men who merely spoke the Greek and Latin tongues in the Middle Ages were not entitled by the accident of birth to read the works of genius written in those languages; for these were not written in that Greek or Latin which they knew, but in the select language of literature.
The Skip of the Tip-Toe-Hop, a Romance of the Middle Ages, by the celebrated author of 'Tittle-Tol-Tan,' to appear in monthly parts; a great rush; don't all come together.
This is particularly distinct to one standing on the middle of the pond in winter, just after a light snow has fallen, appearing as a clear undulating white line, unobscured by weeds and twigs, and very obvious a quarter of a mile off in many places where in summer it is hardly distinguishable close at hand.
The forest has never so good a setting, nor is so distinctly beautiful, as when seen from the middle of a small lake amid hills which rise from the water's edge; for the water in which it is reflected not only makes the best foreground in such a case, but, with its winding shore, the most natural and agreeable boundary to it.
When compelled to rise they would sometimes circle round and round and over the pond at a considerable height, from which they could easily see to other ponds and the river, like black motes in the sky; and, when I thought they had gone off thither long since, they would settle down by a slanting flight of a quarter of a mile on to a distant part which was left free; but what beside safety they got by sailing in the middle of Walden I do not know, unless they love its water for the same reason that I do.
But my house occupied so sunny and sheltered a position, and its roof was so low, that I could afford to let the fire go out in the middle of almost any winter day.
A thermometer thrust into the middle of Walden on the 6th of March, 1847, stood at 32º, or freezing point; near the shore at 33º; in the middle of Flint's Pond, the same day, at 32º; at a dozen rods from the shore, in shallow water, under ice a foot thick, at 36º.
One year I went across the middle only five days before it disappeared entirely.
Lavrushka turned all the bedding over, looked under the bed and under the table, searched everywhere, and stood still in the middle of the room.
Who's that running on the middle of the bridge?
The Emperor Francis received him standing in the middle of the room.
Bagration, a gaunt middle-aged man of medium height with a firm, impassive face of Oriental type, came out after the commander-in-chief.
He was alone in the middle of a field.
All remained where they were in the middle of the muddy road.
In the middle of a dull and halting conversation, Helene turned to Pierre with the beautiful bright smile that she gave to everyone.
In the middle of his story, just as he was saying: "You cannot imagine what a strange frenzy one experiences during an attack," Prince Andrew, whom Boris was expecting, entered the room.
In the middle of one of the longest sentences, he stopped the rotary motion of the snuffbox, raised his head, and with inimical politeness lurking in the corners of his thin lips interrupted Weyrother, wishing to say something.
They were in a hurry enough to start us, and now here we stand in the middle of a field without rhyme or reason.
Nicholas Rostov, with Denisov and his new acquaintance, Dolokhov, sat almost at the middle of the table.
In the middle of a figure he beckoned to Rostov who was passing:
"Now, Sonya!" she said, going to the very middle of the room, where she considered the resonance was best.
The roof was so constructed that one could stand up in the middle of the trench and could even sit up on the beds if one drew close to the table.
In the middle of the game, the officers saw some wagons approaching with fifteen hussars on their skinny horses behind them.
Rostov went to the middle of the room and looking through the open doors into the two adjoining rooms saw the same thing there.
Just before him, almost across the middle of the passage on the bare floor, lay a sick man, probably a Cossack to judge by the cut of his hair.
In the middle of the reading, the Uhlan interrupted Denisov.
This Marshal was Count Ilya Rostov, and in the middle of May Prince Andrew went to visit him.
Sonya stood ready dressed in the middle of the room and, pressing the head of a pin till it hurt her dainty finger, was fixing on a last ribbon that squeaked as the pin went through it.
Charming! cried Natasha, as she stood in the middle of the room smoothing out the folds of the gauze.
But before he reached them Pierre stopped beside a very handsome, dark man of middle height, and in a white uniform, who stood by a window talking to a tall man wearing stars and a ribbon.
In the middle of the cotillion, having completed one of the figures, Natasha, still out of breath, was returning to her seat when another dancer chose her.
When she had finished her first exercise she stood still in the middle of the room and sang a musical phrase that particularly pleased her.
In the middle of the summer Princess Mary received an unexpected letter from Prince Andrew in Switzerland in which he gave her strange and surprising news.
In the middle of a sober conversation begun by Ilagin about the year's harvest, Nicholas pointed to the red-spotted bitch.
In the middle of their talk in the sitting room, Dimmler came in and went up to the harp that stood there in a corner.
None of them, not even the middle-aged Dimmler, wanted to break off their conversation and quit that corner in the sitting room, but Natasha got up and Nicholas sat down at the clavichord.
Standing as usual in the middle of the hall and choosing the place where the resonance was best, Natasha began to sing her mother's favorite song.
Nicholas, in his old lady's dress over which he had belted his hussar overcoat, stood in the middle of the sleigh, reins in hand.
The side horses, pressing against the shafts of the middle horse, sank in the snow, which was dry and glittered like sugar, and threw it up.
He checked himself in the middle of the sentence, lowered his eyes to avoid seeing her unpleasantly irritated and irresolute face, and said:
In the middle stood what were probably a king and a queen.
Then the violins played very shrilly and merrily and one of the women with thick bare legs and thin arms, separating from the others, went behind the wings, adjusted her bodice, returned to the middle of the stage, and began jumping and striking one foot rapidly against the other.
Natasha was standing in the middle of the drawing room, emaciated, with a pale set face, but not at all shamefaced as Pierre expected to find her.
He thought she would give him her hand as usual; but she, stepping up to him, stopped, breathing heavily, her arms hanging lifelessly just in the pose she used to stand in when she went to the middle of the ballroom to sing, but with quite a different expression of face.
His short hair had evidently just been brushed, but one lock hung down in the middle of his broad forehead.
As they left the tavern in the twilight of the dawn, Rostov and Ilyin both glanced under the wet and glistening leather hood of the doctor's cart, from under the apron of which his feet were sticking out, and in the middle of which his wife's nightcap was visible and her sleepy breathing audible.
Unexpectedly, in the middle of the service, and not in the usual order Natasha knew so well, the deacon brought out a small stool, the one he knelt on when praying on Trinity Sunday, and placed it before the doors of the sanctuary screen.
A middle-aged man, handsome and virile, in the uniform of a retired naval officer, was speaking in one of the rooms, and a small crowd was pressing round him.
Pierre pushed his way into the middle of the group, listened, and convinced himself that the man was indeed a liberal, but of views quite different from his own.
Once more something whistled, but this time quite close, swooping downwards like a little bird; a flame flashed in the middle of the street, something exploded, and the street was shrouded in smoke.
In the middle of the wood a brown hare with white feet sprang out and, scared by the tramp of the many horses, grew so confused that it leaped along the road in front of them for some time, arousing general attention and laughter, and only when several voices shouted at it did it dart to one side and disappear in the thicket.
"Why ride into the middle of the battalion?" one of them shouted at him.
In the middle of the day Murat sent his adjutant to Napoleon to demand reinforcements.
The enchanting, middle-aged Frenchman laid his hands on her head and, as she herself afterward described it, she felt something like a fresh breeze wafted into her soul.
In the middle of the night three soldiers, having brought some firewood, settled down near him and began lighting a fire.
He glanced at the dirty innyard in the middle of which soldiers were watering their lean horses at the pump while carts were passing out of the gate.
In the middle of this fresh tale Pierre was summoned to the commander in chief.
About the middle of the Arbat Street, near the Church of the Miraculous Icon of St. Nicholas, Murat halted to await news from the advanced detachment as to the condition in which they had found the citadel, le Kremlin.
While Pierre, standing in the middle of the room, was talking to himself in this way, the study door opened and on the threshold appeared the figure of Makar Alexeevich, always so timid before but now quite transformed.
On seeing Pierre he grew confused at first, but noticing embarrassment on Pierre's face immediately grew bold and, staggering on his thin legs, advanced into the middle of the room.
He had a habit of stopping short in the middle of his talk and gazing intently with his laughing, kindly eyes.
"Natasha, you'd better lie in the middle," said Sonya.
She cautiously took one step and then another, and found herself in the middle of a small room containing baggage.
At the same time he felt that above his face, above the very middle of it, some strange airy structure was being erected out of slender needles or splinters, to the sound of this whispered music.
Now and then he met Russians with anxious and timid faces, and Frenchmen with an air not of the city but of the camp, walking in the middle of the streets.
In the middle of the street stood a French general saying something to those around him.
The dreadful news of the battle of Borodino, of our losses in killed and wounded, and the still more terrible news of the loss of Moscow reached Voronezh in the middle of September.
He glanced through it, then read it again, and then again, and standing still in the middle of the room he raised his shoulders, stretching out his hands, with his mouth wide open and his eyes fixed.
In the middle of the room a short handsome general with a red face was dancing the trepak with much spirit and agility.
He became confused in his speech and stopped in the middle of what he was saying.
"Come, Anna Makarovna," Pierre's voice was heard saying, "come here into the middle of the room and at the word of command, 'One, two,' and when I say 'three'... You stand here, and you in my arms--well now!
In 1812 it reaches its extreme limit, Moscow, and then, with remarkable symmetry, a countermovement occurs from east to west, attracting to it, as the first movement had done, the nations of middle Europe.
Carmen, I don't think you really want in the middle of this.
I am in the middle of it right now - only I don't know what I'm in the middle of.
It was the middle of the day, and Alex never took a nap.
She'll wake up in the middle of the night, wide awake.
Cindy, that's forty miles out in the middle of nowhere.
But if I'm supposed to avoid the subject, don't act like I'm in the middle of some deceitful act when I try.
She wondered what would be worth the investment, but didn't want to wind up in the middle of a feud.
Ben can fall asleep in the middle of a conversation.
1932 was between world wars, in the middle of the depression.
I opened each somewhere in the middle and held it flat on the table after recording the title and page number.
It was Delaware, in the middle of nowhere and I watched the house for hours before I took my prize.
The pale, dark-haired youth was drenched, but it was the wild look on his face that made her stop in the middle of the foyer and watch him pace with agitated energy.
I won't let you sacrifice any of my Guardians so you can jump into the middle of a hurricane.
He turned off the shower before lifting her and setting her on her feet in the middle of the bathroom.
A slight man with white hair, velvety green eyes, and a fatherly smile stood in the middle of the kitchen.
It was in the middle of the afternoon, but the skies were dark grey.
When the coldness released her, she stood in the middle of a large conference hall.
You've been dropped into the middle of a war no human knows about.
The girl sat in the middle of the seat, with Zeb and the Wizard on each side of her.
The next one that whispers must come out and stand in the middle of the floor.
Then, about the middle of the day, it began to grow dark.
Her speech lacks variety and modulation; it runs in a sing-song when she is reading aloud; and when she speaks with fair degree of loudness, it hovers about two or three middle tones.
Boris paused in the middle of the room, looked round, brushed a little dust from the sleeve of his uniform, and going up to a mirror examined his handsome face.
Pierre had come just at dinnertime and was sitting awkwardly in the middle of the drawing room on the first chair he had come across, blocking the way for everyone.
You've got a good job as a middle man, but don't let it go to your head.
You'd be happier taking care of a rambling old house in the middle of nowhere?
Lottie Lynn Summerfield was abducted from her home in the middle of night.
This one guy, I was his cell mate for a few months about the middle of my stretch; he was plain different.
The shockwaves faded, and she stood in the middle of an intersection, stretching out with her Guardian senses to find some kind of life.
Cody, sprawled in the middle of the street after being hit by a car, blood trickling from his skull into a nearby storm drain.
They seemed to be falling right into the middle of a big city which had many tall buildings with glass domes and sharp-pointed spires.
One day, a tornado comes, lifts up your trailer with everyone in it, flies it around the world to the poorest nation on earth, and drops it in the middle of the village.
Susie's ears had an unusual fold in the middle so they basically pointed downward.
In the middle of the circle was a large teardrop-shaped flower garden.
She was the middle of two sisters, but Mom fussed over their baby brother.
Deidre clenched her fists as the four surrounded her in the middle of the hallway.
Darkyn was like a housecat that dragged in beheaded birds and left them in the middle of the floor for its owner.
His middle name is Google.
What was he doing out here alone in the middle of the desert?