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His house was perched upon an "overpeering hillock," so that in any part of it -- still more in the round room of the tower -- he could "the better seclude myself from company, and keep encroachers from me."
The old chapel stood high on the side of a more inland valley that descended not to the sea, but to the Greet -- a green open vale, made glorious at its upper end by the overpeering heads of great mountains, and falling softly through many folds and involutions to the woods of the Greet -- the woods of Bannisdale.
Close against them and overpeering their tops were hollyhocks and dahlias; against these stood at lesser height sweet peas, asters, zinnias, coreopsis and others of like stature; in front of these were poppies for summer, marigolds for autumn; beneath these again were verbenas, candytuft -- all this is sketched from memory, and I recall the winsome effect rather than species and names; and still below nestled portulaca and periwinkle.
Julian between, alone, overpeering all sitters, with a splendid air of being commander and in the saddle.
Presently he came to hilly land in meadow, whose grass having been lately cut, now lay dotting the slope in cocks; a sinuous line of creamy vapor meandered through the lowlands at the base of the hill; while beyond was a dense grove of dwarfish trees, with here and there a tall tapering dead trunk, peeled of the bark, and overpeering the rest.