He was digging in his garden, and every spadeful of mould that he threw up laid bare handfuls of golden coins or sparkling stones.
When a spadeful of the clay was turned up it glittered all over.
Then a spadeful of earth was dropped upon his chest and he was dead-living dead.
spadeful after spadeful of earth was thrown out, but still the bottom was not reached.
If a spade is used in digging, the spade wastes in proportion to every spadeful of earth it is made to lift.
"No he ain't," said Sneak, throwing up a spadeful of flint stones.
Then Denis tried another little hole in the middle, and this time the third spadeful was different from the other two.
Yesterday a spadeful of diamonds dumped upon a velvet cloth was only a spadeful of diamonds to him, and it was nothing more.
Up comes a spadeful of earth and quartz that is all lovely with soiled lumps and leaves and sprays of gold.
He made a sign to the drummer, who handed him a paddle, with which he turned over a spadeful of earth.