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Every night it flew round the Glass Mountain keeping a careful look-out, and no sooner had the moon emerged from the clouds than the bird rose up from the apple-tree, and circling round in the air, caught sight of the sleeping youth.
Forthwith the two men spat on their hands, laid firm hold upon their cudgels and began slowly circling round each other, looking for an opening.
Slowly she swung from her course, circling back toward us in an erratic and pitiful manner.
Circling about behind the ape he prodded the anthropoid in the back with a pin.