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  • For an augury of good or evil?
  • A soft liquid joy flowed through the words where the soft long vowels hurtled noiselessly and fell away, lapping and flowing back and ever shaking the white bells of their waves in mute chime and mute peal, and soft low swooning cry; and he felt that the augury he had sought in the wheeling darting birds and in the pale space of sky above him had come forth from his heart like a bird from a turret, quietly and swiftly.

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  • Once again (I speak now from the vantage point of hindsight) Nathan was dealing in small auguries of the world to come.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The magistrate observed me with a keen eye and of course drew an unfavourable augury from my manner.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein

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