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He was full of his idea, he had completely mastered it, and he seemed to look down on Madame de Cintre, with all her gathered elegance, from the height of his bracing good conscience.
It lacked the intensely blue atmosphere of the rival vale, and its heavy soils and scents; the new air was clear, bracing, ethereal.
Presently, filling Space, there sprang into being an Odour; and as it reached him Mr Ferguson stiffened in his chair, bracing himself as for a fight to the death.
I think it's this climate; it's less bracing than Schenectady, especially in the winter season.
Peace and quiet were my whole desire, and both were here, set in scenery at once lovely to the eye and bracing to the soul.
The walls of stately date-palms that fenced the gardens and bordered the way, threw their shadows down and made the air cool and bracing.
Thus far his plan had worked to perfection, but when he grasped the rope, bracing himself behind a crotch of two mighty branches, he found that dragging the mighty, struggling, clawing, biting, screaming mass of iron-muscled fury up to the tree and hanging her was a very different proposition.
Don't suppose, prince," she began, bracing herself up for the effort, "don't suppose that I have brought you here to ask questions.
He seemed to bring a whiff of his strong, fresh, bracing, east-coast air with him as he entered.
Let us now," said Wendy, bracing herself up for her finest effort, "take a peep into the future"; and they all gave themselves the twist that makes peeps into the future easier.
The open noose shot up to meet it, and the girl, half guessing the ape-man's intentions, reached out and caught the noose and, bracing herself, clung tightly to it with both hands.
And Michael was in an ecstasy, bracing his hindquarters to one side or the other against the caressing fingers.