In the blue vault of the heaven there had appeared three little specks which increased in size every moment, so rapidly did they approach.
It is something to squander and throw to the four winds, for the fun of seeing the golden specks fly.”
You will get a better idea of the magnitude of the sidereal system, however, by remembering that, in comparison with it, the distances of our entire solar system are as mere specks. Thus, while our own change of positions is known to embrace an orbit of about 200,000,000 of miles, it is nevertheless so trifling as to produce no apparent change of position in thousands of the fixed stars that are believed to be the suns of other systems.
And when no specks at all were found in several pans, he straightened up and favored the hillside with a confident glance.
Far away, across the meadows, they could now see two tiny specks, speeding one after the other; and they knew these specks must be the Griffin and the Saw-Horse.
A bugle note was heard, and a cluster of black specks was distinguishable against the snows of the upper heights.
The little group of black specks with the flag of white had been swept out of existence, and the stillness of the evening, so it seemed to me, had scarcely been broken.
The next day there were very few ships in sight from our mast-heads – seven at most, perhaps, with a few more distant specks, hull down, beyond the magic ring of the horizon.
“That will be a long time in which to be isolated upon a savage little speck of land off the larger but no less savage Borneo.
His eyes were fixed upon a black speck at the end of the level roadway which led to the Tower.
Then there came a black speck stealing across the broad rice-field and up the steep hill, a speck which in time took to itself the semblance of a man, a Kru boy, naked as he was born save for a ragged loin-cloth, and clutching something in his hand.
You call yourself the All in All, but you are the Nothing: your so-called Universe is a mere speck in a Line, and a Line is a mere shadow as compared with –” “Hush, hush, you have said enough,” interrupted the Sphere, “now listen, and mark the effect of your harangue on the King of Pointland.”