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All Quiet on the Western Front
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All Quiet on the Western Front
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  • They arise no more; we are dead and they stand remote on the horizon, they are a mysterious reflection, an apparition, that haunts us, that we fear and love without hope.
  • And at night, waking out of a dream, overwhelmed and bewitched by the crowding apparitions, a man perceives with alarm how slight is the support, how thin the boundary that divides him from the darkness.
  • They are soundless apparitions that speak to me, with looks and gestures silently, without any word—and it is the alarm of their silence that forces me to lay hold of my sleeve and my rifle lest I should abandon myself to the liberation and allurement in which my body would dilate and gently pass away into the still forces that lie behind these things.

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  • Hamlet saw an apparition at midnight.
  • At the unexpected apparition, no one dared even to breathe.
    Carlo Collodi  --  The Adventures Of Pinocchio

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