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It seemed a queer anomaly, that so gaunt and dismal a personage should take a toy in hand; a miracle, that the toy did not vanish in her grasp; a miserably absurd idea, that she should go on perplexing her stiff and sombre intellect with the question how to tempt little boys into her premises
A broad window with leaded panes looked out upon the moor; and over the mantel was another portrait of the stiff, plain little girl who seemed to stare at her more curiously than ever.
Then, when we had eaten our pork and each had a good stiff glass of brandy grog, the three chiefs got together in a corner to discuss our prospects.
HER daughter shall have much silver and gold; HIS daughter is frozen quite stiff and cold.
And the soldier came to stiff attention as the Sheriff and his body-guard stalked pompously up to inspect the gallows.
He rose and growled horribly, bristling his stiff hair.
Above his motionless figure the little cord and tassel on the stiff point of the hood swung about inanely in the gale.
Our gloves are stiff with the frozen blood, Our furs with the drifted snow, As we come in with the seal--the seal
The lower and weaker faction, is the firmer in conjunction; and it is often seen, that a few that are stiff, do tire out a greater number, that are more moderate.
However, the fox bid him be of good cheer, and said, 'I will help you; lie down there, stretch yourself out quite stiff, and pretend to be dead.
Larry has been going it rather harder than usual lately--if cousin Louisa won't mind my mentioning it--having rather a stiff affair with the postmaster's wife in their village, or some one of that sort; and whenever poor Gertrude Lefferts begins to suspect anything, and he's afraid of trouble, he gets up a fuss of this kind, to show how awfully moral he is, and talks at the top of his voice about the impertinence of inviting his wife to meet people he doesn't wish her to know.
If your hands are hard and your fingers all stiff with a lot of rough work you can't pick near so well.