John Hazel had been a member of some of the most exclusive clubs in London; but whether or not Nature had endowed him with a useful talent, he had become notorious as a reckless cardsharper, quite unscrupulous when it came to obtaining money.
I beg your pardon," said Hazel in his suavest manner, "but I am trying to find three men as tired of this journey as I am.
Hazel without reply walked back to the rail, leaned his arms on it, and fell into deep thought.
His lordship proceeded leisurely to the upper deck once more, and found Hazeljust as he had left him, except that he was now gazing at the fleeting shore, green and village-studded, of the Isle of Wight.
Hazel watched him like a beast of prey, conscious of every crooked move, yet he did not seem in the least to be looking.
The steward disappeared, and shortly returned with the chief officer, to whom Hazel briefly and graphically related what had happened.
Hazel ordered a new pack of cards from the smoke-room steward, broke the seal, and pulled off the wrapper.
Hazel stopped, his eyes veiling over, as though he held a hand at poker that was unbeatable.
The hazel woke her immediately and gave her more power, therefore the witch with her hazel wand, probably found herself superior to those around her.
Mellow the blackbird sang and sharp the thrush Not far off in the oak and hazel brush, Unseen.
Now the soil was bare as a bone, And black betwixt two meadows green, Though fresh-cut faggot ends Of hazel made some amends With a gleam as if flowers they had been.
The road under the trees has a border new Of purple hue Inside the border of bright thin grass: For all that has Been left by November of leaves is torn From hazel and thorn And the greater trees.
Why, as I stood there, I was tottering on my feet like an octogenarian, convulsively clutching two hazel staffs for support, and so irresolute that I could scarce form an idea of what my next move would be.
Once I lost my balance and slipped down the slope; but I clutched the dried tufted grass with a frenzied hand, and crawled up on my knees to where my hazel had dropped.
True, I had rested all the forenoon, and even now I was heavily supporting myself on two stout hazel staffs; yet never since my accident had I walked so far without fatigue, and I felt relieved and elated beyond words.