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Since this fool WOULD be plucked, thought he, why should not he do the plucking?
He was then helped on a horse, which Captain Bonneville presented to him; and after many parting expressions of good will on both sides, set off on his return to his old haunts; doubtless, to be once more plucked by his affectionate but needy cousins.
The night we felt the earth would move We stole and plucked him by the hand, Because we loved him with the love That knows but cannot understand.
The people hurried into the street--they were no more than seventy souls all told--and in the glare of the torches they saw their Bhagat holding back the terrified barasingh, while the monkeys plucked piteously at his skirts, and Sona sat on his haunches and roared.
At last he dreamt one night that he found a beautiful purple flower, and that in the middle of it lay a costly pearl; and he dreamt that he plucked the flower, and went with it in his hand into the castle, and that everything he touched with it was disenchanted, and that there he found his Jorinda again.
Then he plucked the flower, and set out and travelled day and night, till he came again to the castle.
So the Swallow plucked out the Prince's eye, and flew away to the student's garret.
He did not cut it, but, rolling up his sleeves a little way, he laid hold of it, placed his heel against the ground, and, with one mighty pull, plucked the young tree up by the roots from out the very earth.
A Dove sitting on a tree overhanging the water plucked a leaf and let it fall into the stream close to her.
This last argument, however, by no means commended itself to the pupil of Ockham, who plucked a great stick from the ground and signified his dissent by smiting the realist over the pate with it.
With all my strength, I plucked myself clear of him and ran to the bulwarks.
When a man has plucked and smelled all the sweetness of a flower, he looks for other flowers.