At one and the same moment came the sound of an explosion, a whistle of splinters as from a breaking window frame, a suffocating smell of powder, and Prince Andrew started to one side, raising his arm, and fell on his chest.
At the same time he felt that above his face, above the very middle of it, some strange airy structure was being erected out of slender needles or splinters, to the sound of this whispered music.
Thin splinters and the sharp edges of fragments are transparent.
In the mass it is dark and opaque, but thin plates or the edges of splinters are pale yellow and translucent.
The patches of grass were splinters of wood, and where neither grass nor sawdust showed was a solid wooden flooring.