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In the morning when he awoke, he began to search over hill and dale for this pretty flower; and eight long days he sought for it in vain: but on the ninth day, early in the morning, he found the beautiful purple flower; and in the middle of it was a large dewdrop, as big as a costly pearl.
Within lay the body, robed in costly habiliments covered with gold embroidery and starred with scintillating gems.
The furniture of the narrow chamber of death we had just visited weighed six millions of francs in ounces and carats alone, without a penny thrown into the account for the costly workmanship bestowed upon them
When the public school course was finally finished, they wanted more costly dresses, more costly hats and shoes.
He did a great deal of good to artists by simply not injuring them and by furthering their wishes on certain occasions when their self-love wanted some rather costly gratification.
The cashier, however, took advantage of an influx of office-seekers, to slip out and get into his hackney-coach (hired by the hour for these costly entertainments), and to return to his home in the place Royale.
It was a slow, clumsy, and costly way of weaving cloth, this cottage system of manufacture.
In the face of labor-saving machinery, of organized production, of the increased efficiency of combination, you would set the economic sun back a whole generation or so to the time when there were no great capitalists, no great machinery, no railroads--a time when a host of little capitalists warred with each other in economic anarchy, and when production was primitive, wasteful, unorganized, and costly.
Then to the Rose Dame Nature spoke, and crowned her with "a costly crown with shining rubies bright.
Pictures, too, were on the walls, and the underground palace was quite a museum of rare and curious and costly objects.
They had, however, to deal with 136,000,000 pounds of iron, a quantity far too costly to send by railway.
The coffee was never really made, but spluttered over every one, and boiled away, doing just what was required of it--that is, providing much cause for much noise and laughter, and spoiling a costly rug and the baroness's gown.