Instead of the moving horses and hussars' backs, he saw nothing before him but the motionless earth and the stubble around him.
Gabriel rubbed his face, and Rhyn saw the shadow of stubble the assassin never allowed to grow.
They went through the muddy village, past threshing floors and green fields of winter rye, downhill where snow still lodged near the bridge, uphill where the clay had been liquefied by the rain, past strips of stubble land and bushes touched with green here and there, and into a birch forest growing on both sides of the road.
The young crop was hoed, reaping was performed with a sickle, and a high stubble left on the ground as manure.
It often does good to burn the stubble on the ground.
The verdure had thickened and its bright green stood out sharply against the brownish strips of winter rye trodden down by the cattle, and against the pale-yellow stubble of the spring buckwheat.
His philosophy was more like Michaelangelo's famous sculpture of the Dawn, a spirit yet encumbered with the stubble of the material from which it was hewn, than a clear cut figure with unmistakable outlines.
Indian corn is the principal crop, for corncake forms the staple diet of the peasantry, while the grain is also used for feeding pigs, the heads for feeding cattle and the stubble for manure.