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This nail," he continued, pulling off his hat and turning up his sightless orbs, "is one of those wherewith man's salvation was secured.
Last summer, he gave me a nest full of young sparrows, and he saw me pulling off their legs and wings, and heads, and never said anything; except that they were nasty things, and I must not let them soil my trousers: end Uncle Robson was there too, and he laughed, and said I was a fine boy.
The clansmen on every side stripped their plaids, prepared their arms, and there was an awful pause of about three minutes, during which the men, pulling off their bonnets, raised their faces to heaven, and uttered a short prayer; then pulled their bonnets over their brows and began to move forward at first slowly.
You're talkative, mistress,' said Varden, pulling off his greatcoat, and looking at her askew.
East pulled off his coat and waistcoat, and then sat on the bottom of his bed whistling and pulling off his boots.
Now, Topsy, let's see you do this," said Miss Ophelia, pulling off the clothes, and seating herself.
Instead of making the bed, she would amuse herself with pulling off the pillowcases, butting her woolly head among the pillows, till it would sometimes be grotesquely ornamented with feathers sticking out in various directions; she would climb the posts, and hang head downward from the tops; flourish the sheets and spreads all over the apartment; dress the bolster up in Miss Ophelia's night-clothes, and enact various performances with that,--singing and whistling, and making grimaces at herself in the looking-glass; in short, as Miss Ophelia phrased it, "raising Cain" generally.
Pulling off tricks is probably what several of the past X-Factor winners are currently doing.