Joad could see it ahead of him, its poor branches curving over the way, its load of leaves tattered and scraggly as a molting chicken.
Joad had moved into the imperfect shade of the molting leaves before the man heard him coming, stopped his song, and turned his head.
The evening light was on the fields, and the cotton plants threw long shadows on the ground, and the molting willow tree threw a long shadow.
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Words run up the bridge of the nose and across the forehead, certain headlines visible or halfway visible, like BEAUTY REMEDY and TRAGEDY STRIKES, and little scraps of paper are unfurling from various places on her face, like she’s molting.
Lauren Oliver -- Before I Fall
It was attached to a demon that looked like a massive molting parrot with tentacles exploding out from where its wings should have been.