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And she, remembering the words that had given her the victory, "how I feel on the brink of calamity, how afraid I am of myself," saw that this weapon was a dangerous one, and that it could not be used a second time.
It seems that Perry in his mad flight had plunged over the brink at about the same point as that at which I had stepped over it a short time later.
Sometimes they scrambled from rock to rock, up the bed of some mountain stream, dashing its bright way down to the plains; sometimes they availed themselves of the paths made by the deer and the mountain sheep, which, however, often took them to the brinks of fearful precipices, or led to rugged defiles, impassable for their horses.
Sometimes, on the very brink of certainty, I failed; yet still I clung to the hope which the next day or the next hour might realize.
As if she were a part of the refuse it had cast out, and left to corruption and decay, the girl we had followed strayed down to the river's brink, and stood in the midst of this night-picture, lonely and still, looking at the water.
my poor, sweet darling," she said to her mother, who conscious that they had been on the brink of a rupture gazed at her son with terror, but in the obstinacy and excitement of the conflict could not and would not give way.
So she unconsciously led me to the brink of discovery!
I took up the stick, and knelt down on the brink of the South Spit.
Mr Meagles, Doyce, and Clennam, without speaking, walked up and down on the brink of the river, in the light of the rising moon, for a few minutes; and then Doyce lingered behind, and went into the house.
When his master halted at the brink of a pool, and looked round to call him, he stopped outright.
It had been intentionally left as much as possible out of sight and was tied to one of the stakes of a fence that came, just there, down to the brink and that had been an assistance to disembarking.
On his right hand was a quaint little village, mostly composed of wooden houses, straggling down to the brink of one of the tidal streams.