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.
When he got to be old enough to begin to toddle about and say broken words and get an idea of what his hands were for, he was a more consummate pest than ever.
The dying man uttered some broken words, and the doctor at once went to him.
Two or three times there fell from him some broken words,--
And then the old man clasped his hands above her head, and said, in a few broken words, that from that time forth they would wander up and down together, and never part more until Death took one or other of the twain.
For several minutes there was nothing but the sound of sobbing in the room, mingled with broken words of comfort, tender assurances of help, and hopeful whispers that died away in tears.
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.