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murmur

formerly, to defame a judge.
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A plaintive murmur rose in the night; a murmur saddening and startling, as if the great solitudes of surrounding woods had tried to whisper into his ear the wisdom of their immense and lofty indifference.
Unseeing, we spoke to one another through the scent of flowers, through the veil of leaves, through the blades of long grass that stood still before our lips; so great was our prudence, so faint was the murmur of our great longing.
After one of these glances she murmured, "Yes, I'm in love.
"He's going to marry her!" murmured Retty, never taking eyes off Tess.
"I don't know--I don't know," murmured Retty Priddle.
A murmur of admiration made the heart of Athos swell with pleasure.
"Her name was My God, have pity on me!" murmured the executioner; and he fell back on the bed, pale, trembling, and apparently about to die.
"Oh, pardon me, pardon me!" he murmured; "if not in the name of God, at least in your own name; if not as priest, then as son."
"Oh, my God, my God!" murmured Kitty, "he has not even waited for the hour he himself named!"
"Oh, have pity -- have pity!" murmured Villefort, wringing his hands.
oh!" murmured he, "there is my weakness seizing me again!
"It is dead," she murmured. "I believe that you hate me now!"