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Then the people thinned away, and, very nearly last of all, a wizened-looking, grey-headed man, carrying a black bag and a parcel, left the platform with hesitating footsteps and turned towards the bridge.
So by the cleverness of two girls a dark cloud was thinned away and turned into sunshine.
He drank a glass of condensed cream, thinned with water, and by ten o'clock he dared to take a cup of beef-tea.
As the rain thinned, so that the crackle of it on deck became less noisy, he was attracted by a sound from out over the water.
Every now and again the clouds thinned before the face of the moon, and we could see the big oysters quite distinctly.
When the low sky thinned a trifle, the pale white spot of a sun did no more than throw a bluish lustre on the water, giving it the dark brightness of newly cut lead.