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Uttering a terrible cry, he sprang to his feet clutching in all directions to try to seize one of us, but we had all fled different ways as soon as the deed was done, and thrown ourselves flat upon the ground in corners where he was not likely to touch us with his feet.
I ran round it furiously, as if the thing might be hidden in a corner, and then stopped abruptly, with my hands clutching my hair.
Get him out of the road," said he; and, clutching the man's collar with his free hand, my brother lugged him sideways.
She was lying on her face, thrusting her face into the pillow and clutching it in both hands.
I rushed towards the staircase, clutching my hair, and uttering a groan of horror.
More than once, it is true, he had been heard to say, clutching his hands convulsively upon his breast,--"It gnaws me