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The War of the Worlds
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  • The only offensive operation men ventured upon after that night was the preparation of mines and pitfalls, and even in that their energies were frantic and spasmodic.
  • There were sturdy workmen thrusting their way along, wretched, unkempt men, clothed like clerks or shopmen, struggling spasmodically; a wounded soldier my brother noticed, men dressed in the clothes of railway porters, one wretched creature in a nightshirt with a coat thrown over it.

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  • —I wonder if your eyes and ears ever make anything save spasmodic contact with your brain.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • She sits and her cane flexes against the gravel and the boy clicks his buttons in spasmodic flurries.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See

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