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Amelia bore her harshness quite gently; smoothed the uneasy pillow; was always ready with a soft answer to the watchful, querulous voice; soothed the sufferer with words of hope, such as her pious simple heart could best feel and utter, and closed the eyes that had once looked so tenderly upon her.
This visit of the jailer, his brutal threats, and the gloomy prospect of the harshness with which, as he had before experienced, Gryphus watched his prisoners, -- all this was unable to extinguish in Cornelius the sweet thoughts, and especially the sweet hope, which the presence of Rosa had reawakened in his heart.
But their harshness was retrieved by the upward curl at the corners of his mouth.
Jerry felt his jowl and jaw clutched still more harshly and hardly, and, with increase of harshness and hardness, he was flung farther down the deck, which, on account of its growing slant due to heavier gusts of wind, had become a steep and slippery hill.
Amongst so many gods Michael felt bewildered, while Steward's Abrahamic bosom became more than ever the one sure haven where harshness and danger never troubled.
My views are harsh; the futility of so noble a soul as the Bishop will show you the compulsion for such harshness.
Hence the harshness of contrasts, which only admit of two colors, black and white.
But that she may impute to us any harshness or want of politeness, let us tell her that there is an ancient quarrel between philosophy and poetry; of which there are many proofs, such as the saying of `the yelping hound howling at her lord,' or of one `mighty in the vain talk of fools,' and `the mob of sages circumventing Zeus,' and the `subtle thinkers who are beggars after all'; and there are innumerable other signs of ancient enmity between them.
The lips were full, yet possessed of the firmness, almost harshness, which is characteristic of thin lips.
And the man, recognizing the self-control that vibrated through the harshness of the tone, smiled sadly.
A beautiful amalgam of childlike optimism and the harshness of reality, Alain Mabanckou's Black Moses solidifies the author's status as a modern master of prose (see WLT, Sept.
However, semi-active suspension systems might have a negative effect on the vehicle harshness performance, which was not considered yet in the available research studies [4].