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With his dark face and with the perpetual smiles playing about his grimness, Mr.
The young man's face had lost some of its grimness.
And I have seen it," the girl retorted, with a note of grimness in her tone, "when it was a great deal more like the other place--stillness that seems almost to stifle you, grey mists that choke your breath and blot out everything; nothing but the gurgling of a little water, and the sighing--the most melancholy sighing you ever heard--of the wind in our ragged elms.
There was a hint in it of laughter, but of a laughter more terrible than any sadness--a laughter that was mirthless as the smile of the sphinx, a laughter cold as the frost and partaking of the grimness of infallibility.
To her great surprise, Anthony's voice sounded very much as usual, with perhaps a slight tinge of grimness.
This one was almost featureless, as if still in the making, with an aspect of monotonous grimness.
When young Rockwall entered the library the old man laid aside his newspaper, looked at him with a kindly grimness on his big, smooth, ruddy countenance, rumpled his mop of white hair with one hand and rattled the keys in his pocket with the other.
Ay," said Hoseason, with a sudden grimness, "that's the point.
Then that's settled," said Lord Amersteth, with the slightest suspicion of grimness.
Cherchez la femme," Mr Vladimir deigned to interrupt, unbending, but without affability; there was, on the contrary, a touch of grimness in his condescension.
She added with a sort of stony grimness, colouring slightly, and in French, "
Thick coats of paint had been laid on the naked poll, and certain fanciful designs, in the same material, had even been extended into the neighbourhood of the eyes and mouth, lending to the keen expression of the former a look of twinkling cunning, and to the dogmatism of the latter, not a little of the grimness of necromancy.