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They take the 'goodness' out of the ground, and block out sun and air; and so the stalks, which promised well, begin to get pale and droop, and the half-formed ear comes to nothing, or, as the other version of the parable has it, brings 'forth no fruit to perfection. There are two crops fighting for the upper hand on the one ground, and the earlier possessor wins.

The courage of the besieged now began to droop. They trembled before the furious impetuosity of the Swedish soldiers, of which Marienberg, in Wurtzburg, had afforded so fearful an example. The same dreadful fate awaited Mentz, if taken by storm; and the enemy might even be easily tempted to revenge the carnage of Magdeburg on this rich and magnificent residence of a Roman Catholic prince.

She stood looking gravely at him, her surrender plain in the curve of her tremulous lip, the droop of her faltering, silk-fringed lids. Knowledge came to him with a blinding, suffocating suddenness which set his brain to reeling and wrung a rapturous cry from his throat. After a long time he felt her shudder in his arms.

"I warn't more'n jest in time, I tell ye! We was a-settlin' fast. A little more'n we'd ha' struck " He snapped the fingers of both hands and made a gesture expressive of the complete destruction which would have resulted. "I tell you what, Mr. Droop," said Rebecca, sternly, but with a little shake in her voice, "you've got to jest tend to business and navigate this thing we're a-ridin' on.

Some are blighted and withered, ready to fall from the stalk; others are blooming while a blight is at the root. What right have you to say, because you droop and languish, that your neighbour, with a fair exterior and upright mien, is all that his appearance indicates?

He counted time now by the throbbing of his nerves. The sun passed its zenith, began to droop; still Trusia slept and Carter kept a sleepless vigil. Great and red, in the west, the sun was setting as the girl came out and laid a soft, comforting hand upon his shoulder. "I have been selfish, Calvert," she said in self-accusation. "I should have let you rest first.

"Wal, o' course," she said, at length, "ef anybody hed aben smart enough to've invented all them things in 1876 he'd aben a pretty big man, I guess." Droop edged forward eagerly.

"And I'm sure there's a sweet little mother but we saw the mother!" Jane broke off suddenly. "How incongruous that those two country folks should have a son at college like our Ted!" "Our Ted," echoed Judith, allowing her head to droop on Jane's shoulder impressively. "Awful!" moaned Judith. "Turrible," groaned Dozia.

"Now, what's the trouble?" he asked directly. "I hope you're not trying to make yourself think I was only You know what I meant, don't you? And you said yes. You said it with your lips, and with your eyes. Did you want more words? Tell me what it is that bothers you." There was a droop to Evadna's shoulders, and a tremble to her mouth. She would not look at him.

Bar, with his little insinuating jury droop, and fingering his persuasive double eye-glass, hoped he might be excused if he mentioned to one of the greatest converters of the root of all evil into the root of all good, who had for a long time reflected a shining lustre on the annals even of our commercial country if he mentioned, disinterestedly, and as, what we lawyers called in our pedantic way, amicus curiae, a fact that had come by accident within his knowledge.

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