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Sheeta was worming his way stealthily forward, his belly close to the ground.
I have no desire to be seen so close to my own house in conversation with a--a--a nigger like you
Again he drew her close to him and covered her willing lips with his hot kisses.
Raja stood over her, growling, his jaws close to her throat.
Dejah Thoris stood as close to it as she could, whispering words of hope and courage to me, and urging me to save myself.
For a moment Gahan listened intently, close to the door, until there could be no doubt but that a party of warriors was approaching.