loitering

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As they returned, passing under the colonnade, neither of them noticed a lady in deep mourning, loitering in the open space of the square.
The villagers began to gather, loitering a moment in the vestibule to converse in whispers about the sad event.
It is like a sheep-dog, always running backwards and forwards, poking into the most out-of-the-way corners, now climbing at a run some steep hummock of the down, and now leisurely going miles about to escape an ant-hill; and all the time (here, by the way, ends the sheep-dog) it is stopping to gossip with rillets vagabond as itself, or loitering to bedeck itself with flowers.
Nor would I now attempt to trace The more than beauty of a face Whose lineaments, upon my mind, Are -- shadows on th' unstable wind: Thus I remember having dwelt Some page of early lore upon, With loitering eye, till I have felt The letters - with their meaning - melt To fantasies - with none.
He could not bear any careless loitering and waste of time; and nothing was so near making him angry as to find people, who were always late, wanting a cab horse to be driven hard, to make up for their idleness.
But, what with loitering on the way, to look at old objects and to think of old times, the day had quite declined when I came to the place.
But she became conscious of the two strangers who suddenly paused as if to contemplate the Cleopatra, and, without looking at them, immediately turned away to join a maid-servant and courier who were loitering along the hall at a little distance off.
Then, while the company were hanging over the fire or loitering through the room, previous to settling to their various morning avocations, he came and leant over the back of my chair, with his face in contact with my curls, and commencing with a quiet little kiss, poured forth the following complaints into my ear:-
Luker had instantly identified his visitor with the chief of the three Indians, who had formerly annoyed him by loitering about his house, and who had left him no alternative but to consult a magistrate.
When the vehicle had disappeared, she allowed herself still another loitering moment; for the patched figure of good Uncle Venner was now visible, coming slowly from the head of the street downward, with a rheumatic limp, because the east wind had got into his joints.
Nothing will content them but the extremest limit of the land; loitering under the shady lee of yonder warehouses will not suffice.
They merely observed that he was short, that he was dressed in black, and that he was a total stranger to them -- and continued their homeward walk, without thinking more about the loitering foot-passenger whom they had met on their way back.