He was a short, stocky man, of a military bearing, with a face so strongly marked as to indicate a certain ferocity of temperament; his deep and sparkling eyes had eyebrows aslant after the fashion of Mephisto; the expression a little cynical, all determination, but at that moment good-natured.
"But," objected the newcomer, "I am about to call on some ladies, and the smell of onions on my breath, you know!" "Don't let that trouble you," said Tom; "you have the steak and onions and when you get your bill that will take your breath away!" Under an unpromising exterior a stocky build and fiery red head there glowed a brave, generous and tender spirit. The man was a preux chevalier.
Then he shrugged his stocky shoulders, the gesture indicating that one can't save a fool from his folly, and established himself at a near-by table, from which coign of vantage he kept us under steady watch. Given such an audience, my outward mien must be impeccable. "There is something," I admitted cautiously, "that I want to say to you. But I wish you would eat something first.
He would see what lay beyond the turn perhaps he would find the Old Forest there, after all. But instead he found something very different, though in its way quite as interesting, for as he rounded the rugged bluff he came face to face with two evil-looking fellows astride stocky, rough-coated ponies. At sight of him they drew in their mounts and eyed him suspiciously.
Jasper sat on the end of the desk, swinging his slim, well-booted leg; Yarnall, stocky, gray, shabby, weather-beaten, leaned back in his wicker chair. The door which Jasper faced was directly behind Yarnall. When Jane opened it, he turned. The girl looked grim and a little pale. She was evidently frightened. This summons from Yarnall suggested dismissal or reproof.
The less fortunate trees, that are more stocky and sturdy, and less speedy in their climb toward the sky, are killed out in large numbers each year. The weaker, spindly trees of the forest, which are slow growers, often are smothered out by the more vigorous trees. Some trees are able to grow in the shade. They develop near or under the large trees of the forest.
"But his eyes were so full of sly cunning, and there was such an atmosphere of Paris about the stocky little fourteen-year-old chap, that we would often keep him longer with us, and treat him to a glass of anisette to hear his opinion of the writers whose work he handled.
Another police car had landed just ahead of them, and three men were climbing out; two were in Paratime Police green, and the third, hand-cuffed, was in Service Sector Proletarian garb. At first, Vall though that Salgath Trod had been brought in disguised as a Prole prisoner, and then he saw that the prisoner was short and stocky, not at all like the slender and elegant politician.
The native carriers were leaving the grounds, when Britt's shrill whistle brought them to a standstill. No word of the ensuing conversation reached the ears of the two white men on the balcony, but the pantomime was most entertaining. Britt's stocky figure advanced to the very heart of the group. It was quite evident that his opening sentences were listened to impassively.
The stocky stove, on its four squat legs, could hold its own and snap its fingers at time. They were all so arrogantly indestructible, so fearfully permanent they had no sympathy, no common meeting ground with him. A knock sounded on the door, and when he opened it, the station agent was there, with a long box in his hand.