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The great Lord Hastings lay prone on his face, in a posture in which there was a touch of something strange and stiff, with one elbow erect above his body, the arm being doubled, and his big, bony hand clutching the rank and ragged grass.
The gentleman and the prize-fighter put on the gloves, and faced each other in the classically correct posture of pugilistic defense.
Both shifted their postures slightly, but vain was the attempt to escape from the dull, aching contact of the sand.
I should have observed, that for an hour or more before they went off they were dancing, and I could easily discern their postures and gestures by my glass.
Fanny walked in, taking her sister with her; and they went up- stairs with powder going before and powder stopping behind, and were left in a spacious semicircular drawing-room, one of several drawing-rooms, where there was a parrot on the outside of a golden cage holding on by its beak, with its scaly legs in the air, and putting itself into many strange upside-down postures.
It is impossible for me to express the several gestures, the strange ecstasies, the variety of postures which these poor delivered people ran into, to express the joy of their souls at so unexpected a deliverance.
Then it was--with the very act of its announcing itself-- that her identity flared up in a change of posture.
I was struck with the singular posture he maintained.
Nimble as a cat, Tashtego mounts aloft; and without altering his erect posture, runs straight out upon the overhanging main-yard-arm, to the part where it exactly projects over the hoisted Tun.
Well then, I'll tell you, said Stryver, coming slowly into a sitting posture.
It was something about one of these waiting figures,--some movement, some chance posture,--that presently surprised my attention and awakened a sudden sense of half recognition.
He was provided also with a cap, having around it more than one bell, about the size of those attached to hawks, which jingled as he turned his head to one side or other; and as he seldom remained a minute in the same posture, the sound might be considered as incessant.