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He was a man with heavy waxen eyelids and high-arched eyebrows, looking exactly the same under all circumstances.
Maggie shut up the book at once, with a sense of disgrace, but not being inclined to see after her mother, she compromised the matter by going into a dark corner behind her father's chair, and nursing her doll, toward which she had an occasional fit of fondness in Tom's absence, neglecting its toilet, but lavishing so many warm kisses on it that the waxen cheeks had a wasted, unhealthy appearance.
In another small room is an unpainted wooden table, and behind it sit half-life-size waxen figures of the Holy Family, made by the very worst artist that ever lived, perhaps, and clothed in gaudy, flimsy drapery.
But let us suppose that this latter circumstance determined, as it probably often does determine, the numbers of a humble-bee which could exist in a country; and let us further suppose that the community lived throughout the winter, and consequently required a store of honey: there can in this case be no doubt that it would be an advantage to our humble-bee, if a slight modification of her instinct led her to make her waxen cells near together, so as to intersect a little; for a wall in common even to two adjoining cells, would save some little wax.
"Waxen dolls!" interrupted Obed; "it is profanation, in the view of the arts, to liken the miserable handy-work of the dealers in wax to the pure models of antiquity!"
"This wood really is haunted now -- by old memories," said Anne, stooping to gather a spray of ferns, bleached to waxen whiteness by frost.
By the spring that gurgled among the redwoods grew another great wild lily, bearing on its slender stalk the prodigious outburst of white waxen bells.
Then came the "woodsy bit," with her feet pressing the slippery carpet of brown pine needles; the "woodsy bit" so full of dewy morning, surprises,--fungous growths of brilliant orange and crimson springing up around the stumps of dead trees, beautiful things born in a single night; and now and then the miracle of a little clump of waxen Indian pipes, seen just quickly enough to be saved from her careless tread.
I saw a number of tall spikes of strange white flowers, measuring a foot perhaps across the spread of the waxen petals.
Waxen Wrigley p-b-p man Len Kasper is doing little to shake that "bland" tag with his periodic time-and-temperature zip-throughs on Lin Brehmer's WXRT-FM (93.1) morning show.
Viola in Twelfth Night bewails her own deceptive power over the vulnerable Olivia: "how easy is it for the proper-false / In women's waxen hearts to set their forms!" (2.1.
Webster further draws attention to the potential malleability of human bodies by staging waxen figures, what the Duchess believes to be the corpses of her husband and children (4.1.64 sd).