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Instead of that," said I, plucking up more grass and chewing a blade or two, "see how I am going on.
You've no right to say as I love him," she said, faintly, but impetuously, plucking another rough leaf and tearing it up.
The day that robs a child of his parents severs him from his own kind; his head is bowed, his cheeks are wet with tears, and he will go about destitute among the friends of his father, plucking one by the cloak and another by the shirt.
Once I beheld him perched eighty feet from the ground, in the tuft of a cocoanut tree, smoking; and often I saw him standing up to the waist in water, engaged in plucking out the stray hairs of his beard, using a piece of muscle-shell for tweezers.
said Billy Kirby, plucking a bullpout from the meshes, and casting the animal back into the lake with contempt.
Let her alone for a shrew to the bone And the hussy comes plucking your sleeve
It was in the black heart of the night, the rain drumming like a thousand drums, that he was roused by a plucking at his blanket, and, stretching out, felt the little hand of a langur.
The distrustful gardener, while plucking away the dead leaves or pruning the too luxuriant growth of the shrubs, defended his hands with a pair of thick gloves.
This language was rather more than I could bear, even from an angel; so, plucking up courage, I seized a salt-cellar which lay within reach, and hurled it at the head of the intruder.
I was recalled to myself by a frantic plucking at my wrist, and I found myself lying upon the stone floor of a narrow corridor, while a woman bent over me and tugged at me with her left hand, while she held a candle in her right.
was that, standing over Hugo, and plucking at his throat,
Tarp Henry, my companion, was plucking at my skirts and I heard him whispering, "Sit down, Malone