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A terror-stricken cry punctuated by the crack of a rifle brought Bradley, Sinclair and Brady to their feet in time to see James, with clubbed rifle, battling with a white-robed figure that hovered on widespread wings on a level with the Englishman's head.
There was a startled silence punctuated only by the odd noise of the bird in the sedge; and then, before anyone could speak again, a new face and figure passed in profile round the three sunlit windows, as the prince had passed an hour or two before.
They moved away quietly enough, but were only biding their time, and the rest of the conversation was punctuated by peals of ungovernable laughter.
From either side rose the drowsy purr of mowing-machines, punctuated by occasional sharp cries of the men who were gathering the hay-crop.
From the street came a loud hum of voices, punctuated by shouts and commands, and from time to time there was a clanging of the gongs of ambulances and patrol wagon's.
The roof of the cubic patio is punctuated by nine apertures, that will project sharp sun-spots onto the walls and floors.
The New Jersey MTA has had a banner year, punctuated by an innovative and successful Performathon
In Agendas and Instability in American Politics, Frank Baumgartner and Bryan Jones hypothesized that policy progress is not steady, but instead is characterized as a form of punctuated equilibrium.
A perhaps overly-strenuous question and answer session was mostly punctuated by Steve Olson's and Jim Fitzpatrick's long, repeated probing over the movie's spiritualistic bent.
Paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould's description of the evolutionary theory of punctuated equilibrium points out that geologically abrupt appearance and subsequent extended stasis of species is a fair description of evolutionary reality.
Punctuated with singing, passages from the Book of Mormon, and caricatured voices that range from a female Mormon psychotherapist to an offensive rendition of a Japanese businessman, the play is alternately funny and sad--and at its best moments, both.
Granada Hills won a fifth consecutive City Section team championship in girls' golf Monday, and coach Steve Thompson's Highlanders punctuated their record-stretching day by also winning their first individual championship.