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  • had tolled deep in his memory like a portentous gong.
  • Captain Flume had obtained this idea from Chief White Halfoat himself, who did tiptoe up to his cot one night as he was dozing off, to hiss portentously that one night when he, Captain Flume, was sound asleep he, Chief White Halfoat, was going to slit his throat open for him from ear to ear.

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  • They were excited by the portentous reports.
  • an illustration of something more portentous

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