When his ministry began its fires were slowly dying down, though the embers still glowed.
He did stay a little longer; but the embers that still burnt in him refused to be covered up. He would fain have ceased writing, and used to say, "It's a great thing to know when to stop"; but he could not stop, and did not stop, till the last.
In one corner a piano perched silently, and the embers of a fire still cast a faint glow from a massive fireplace.
I thus warmed myself by the still glowing embers which the summer, like a departed hunter, had left.
He felt as if he had swallowed the contents of an ashbin while embers still lived.