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Readjusting the battery, we now applied the fluid to the bisected nerves -- when, with a movement of exceeding life-likeness, the Mummy first drew up its right knee so as to bring it nearly in contact with the abdomen, and then, straightening the limb with inconceivable force, bestowed a kick upon Doctor Ponnonner, which had the effect of discharging that gentleman, like an arrow from a catapult, through a window into the street below.
I almost let my luminary drop and certainly I stepped back, straightening myself up at what I saw.
he exclaimed, straightening himself slowly with an excruciated look till quite upright.
I suppose there's no need to, in heaven," she said, straightening her loosened braids with a laugh, and bending over the tea- kettle.
thought Winterbourne, straightening himself in his seat, as if he were prepared to rise.
and in fifty places were more of the same sort bowing and straightening up, bowing again and getting down to kiss the earth, muttering prayers the while, and keeping up their gymnastics till they ought to have been tired, if they were not.
But, before he could think what he ought to do to save her, another leaf bent down and captured the Glass Cat, rolling around the little creature until she was completely hidden, and then straightening up again upon its stem.
At last he arose, very slowly and with evident effort gaining his knees first and then staggering to his feet, yet his indomitable will was evidenced by a sudden straightening of his shoulders and a determined shake of his head as he lurched forward on unsteady legs to take up his valiant fight for survival.
Of this he took a taste, and straightening up, looked into my eyes with an expression of elation--as much as to say "I told you so
She laughed softly, and took off her hat, straightening the wavy brown hair, which had escaped bounds a little, in front of the mirror.
Straightening his legs with difficulty and shaking the snow off them he got up, and an agonizing cold immediately penetrated his whole body.
Right through the heart," Sheldon said, straightening up from the stooping examination.