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The numbness was running up her arms to her elbows.
He walked up and down, batting his head savagely with his fists, but he could not conquer the numbness of sleep.
He wiped the sweat from his forehead with the back of his hand, and was dimly aware of the area of the numbness that bordered the centre that was sensationless between his eyebrows, as he said:
It was agreeable to come to himself again after several days of numbness and torpor.
On the contrary, all I knew was the dull numbness of a brain that was not worked at all.
In point of fact, he rarely ceased from rubbing them, and sometimes, as their numbness increased, he rubbed fiercely.
Some have such a vast appetite for the former commodity, that is, the news, and such sound digestive organs, that they can sit forever in public avenues without stirring, and let it simmer and whisper through them like the Etesian winds, or as if inhaling ether, it only producing numbness and insensibility to pain -- otherwise it would often be painful to bear -- without affecting the consciousness.
Unknown and dreadful things go on in your legs, strange prickings and tinglings and dartings up and down, a sudden terrifying numbness, when you think they must have dropped off but are afraid to look, then renewed and fiercer prickings, shootings, and burnings.
Yet, in spite of this numbness of feeling, he suffered keenly at the thought of passing under the windows of his good little Fairy's house.
I had no sensation whatever in my lower limbs, while a chilling numbness was wrapping about my heart and creeping into it.
All that night Saxon lay, unsleeping, without taking off her clothes, and when she arose in the morning and washed her face and dressed her hair she was aware of a strange numbness, of a feeling of constriction about her head as if it were bound by a heavy band of iron.
The sense of the nearness of the end broke down the numbness which held him.