broken word


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In broken words she drew for me the other side of the picture of that long-past summer day.
The dying man uttered some broken words, and the doctor at once went to him.
Mr Jones during this interval attempted once or twice to speak, but was absolutely incapable, muttering only, or rather sighing out, some broken words; when Sophia at length, partly out of pity to him, and partly to turn the discourse from the subject which she knew well enough he was endeavouring to open, said--
Two or three times there fell from him some broken words,--
Or -- but this more rarely happened -- she would be convulsed with rage of grief and sob out her love for her mother in broken words, and seem intent on proving that she had a heart by breaking it.
In what ecstasy of unhappiness I got these broken words out of myself, I don't know.
She spoke; she scarce knew what the broken words were, but she saw the light of joy shine out on his face, and her hand was still in his as they wandered amid the twilight.
Their intense happiness isolated them from all the rest of the world, and they only spoke in broken words, which are the tokens of a joy so extreme that they seem rather the expression of sorrow.
With a few broken words of gratitude the man turned, but he hesitated and then came back.
Philip forgot his anger and his own concerns, but thought only of consoling her, with broken words and clumsy little caresses.
Then straightway the youth told the three yeomen all that was in his heart; at first in broken words and phrases, then freely and with greater ease when he saw that all listened closely to what he said.
Half asleep, and murmuring broken words, they stood in the angle made by the bow of the boat.