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As he looked up into the face of Bukawai, the old witch-doctor seized him, muffling his screams with a palm across his mouth.
A moment later he was being hustled away through the dark and terrible jungle, the frightful old man still muffling his screams, and the two hideous hyenas pacing now on either side, now before, now behind, always prowling, always growling, snapping, snarling, or, worst of all, laughing hideously.
I put as good a face upon it as I could, and muffling myself up (for it was mortal cold), started out with a lighted lantern in one hand and the key of the church in the other.
Pegler, muffling herself up, and shrinking from observation, whispered a word of entreaty.
He touched the worsted muffling of her hand--that was nothing; if his mother had been sheathed in brass there would have been no new barrier between them--and followed the old man and woman down-stairs.
Good-night, Nancy,' said the Jew, muffling himself up as before.