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Jo was through the last wicket and had missed the stroke, which failure ruffled her a good deal.
So, so; there you are now; that's the stroke for a thousand pounds; that's the stroke to sweep the stakes
It was let down to the ground, and there came the "headsman," whose task it was to sever the head, with two or three swift strokes.
This ominous tool she presented to Miss Scatcherd with a respectful curtesy; then she quietly, and without being told, unloosed her pinafore, and the teacher instantly and sharply inflicted on her neck a dozen strokes with the bunch of twigs.
I'll translate it, while I sit here, in two strokes of the pen.
He has had dreadful strokes of the sun, no doubt, and jungle fevers and agues, and every kind of thing you can mention.
The noble boy in the ancestral boots, was inconsistent; representing himself, as it were in one breath, as an able seaman, a strolling actor, a grave-digger, a clergyman, and a person of the utmost importance at a Court fencing-match, on the authority of whose practised eye and nice discrimination the finest strokes were judged.
Have not men, shut up in solitary imprisonment, found an interest in marking the moments by straight strokes of a certain length on the wall, until the growth of the sum of straight strokes, arranged in triangles, has become a mastering purpose?
Five men have held that club in war and a hundred- and-seventy-three have given up their lives beneath its strokes.
You should not ease me of mine so lightly,'' muttered Gurth, whose surly honesty could not be tamed even by the pressure of immediate violence, ``had I it but in my power to give three strokes in its defence.
He thought desperately that if he were to miss many more strokes the game must presently end, and an opportunity which might never recur pass beyond recall.
However, a malicious rogue of a skipper went to an officer, and pointing to me, told him, "I had not yet trampled on the crucifix;" but the other, who had received instructions to let me pass, gave the rascal twenty strokes on the shoulders with a bamboo; after which I was no more troubled with such questions.