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This species of aerial car was lined with strong springs and partitions to deaden the shock of departure.
And, making a sign to me to deaden the sound of my steps, he led me across the path to the trunk of a tall beech tree, the white bole of which was visible in the darkness.
And the Persian, asking Raoul to deaden the sound of his footsteps, led him down passages which Raoul had never seen before, even at the time when Christine used to take him for walks through that labyrinth.
When the heart is anguished with unutterable emotion, it speaks in accents that deaden all the nerves, and thrill the ears.