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  • They blossomed delicately white and iridescent out of the tidal morass.†   (source)
  • The thing was two stories high, a swirl of rocky tendrils jutting like a spear tip from the oily morass.†   (source)
  • He did not know what had prompted him, but the day after the battle, he had returned to the plateau and retrieved the sword from the morass of trampled dirt where Murtagh had dropped it.†   (source)
  • She swore she'd risk the morass of requisition for a new unit if this one just held out for one more case.†   (source)
  • Spectator stands had been cleared away to accommodate trenches along the perimeter while Monsieur Renard's beloved turf had been trampled into a muddy morass.†   (source)
  • The swampy ground beyond the causeway was impassable, an endless morass of suckholes, quicksands, and glistening green swards that looked solid to the unwary eye but turned to water the instant you trod upon them, the whole of it infested with venomous serpents and poisonous flowers and monstrous lizard lions with teeth like daggers.†   (source)
  • Then, as abruptly as the storm had broken, Lee was lost in a morass of sensation too dark, too deep to understand.†   (source)
  • Any force attacking Lee's army of almost 4,000 will have to expose themselves to fire while wading the four-foot-deep morass of Sayler's Creek.†   (source)
  • I wrote to Sacramento about that historical marker, and they've been kicking it around their bureaucratic morass for months.†   (source)
  • Besides, that had never been the real estrangement; it was the whole stinking morass of churchiness that really separated them, and now that was apt to get worse rather than better.†   (source)
  • Three or four empty bullock carts passed us on the way to collect the broken stones, the bullocks drawing them struggling to get through the morass, their hides slippery with rain.†   (source)
  • Unless that organization is blocked we may be plunged into a civil war and be lost forever in a morass of internal chaos.†   (source)
  • The rain might have stopped, but the compound was still a morass of shallow lakes and slippery mud.†   (source)
  • Sunk up to his neck in a morass of dead brandies and rotting flowers, he flung the dirt of the garden all about after having finished with the courtyard and the backyard, and he excavated so deeply under the foundations of the east wing of the house that one night they woke up in terror at what seemed to be an earthquake, as much because of the trembling as the fearful underground creaking.†   (source)
  • The constant passage of men, animals, and wagons had turned the top six inches of earth into a nigh on impassable morass.†   (source)
  • Another concern is that the ground between the Chatham plateau and High Bridge is a swampy morass of small creeks, sand, and hills, taking away any advantage of speed—and adding the very real potential of getting caught in a kill zone.†   (source)
  • Returning her gaze to the table, she began to sort through a morass of scrolls, evidently searching for something hidden underneath.†   (source)
  • But for the first time since Oromis's death at Gil'ead, Glaedr seemed possessed of an urge to do something other than sink ever deeper into the all-enveloping morass of his private torments.†   (source)
  • "The soldiers were only a few paces apart," the journalist reports, "and in steady order they took to the ground as it came, now plunging to their armpits in foul sluices of gangrened water, now hopelessly submerged in slime, now attacked by legions of wood ticks, now attempting some unfaithful log or greenishly solid morass, and plunging to the tip of the skull in poisonous stagnation.†   (source)
  • Of late he had liked to hear tell of men who could rule others, for in actions such as these he felt that there was a way to escape from this tight morass of fear and shame that sapped at the base of his life.†   (source)
  • "Maybe I'll learn about babies sometime," she thought irritably, as the carriage jolted and swayed out of the morass surrounding the station, "but I'm never going to like fooling with them."†   (source)
  • But he began to see himself as from a distance, like a man being sucked down into a bottomless morass.†   (source)
  • …who believed that he (after that evening in Judith's room) was not oblivious of me but only unconscious and receptive like the swamp freed pilgrim feeling earth and tasting sun and light again and aware of neither but only of darkness' and morass's lack—who did believe there was that magic in unkin blood which we call by the pallid name of love that could be, might be sun for him (though I the youngest, weakest) where Judith and Clytie both would cast no shadow; yes, I the youngest…†   (source)
  • Your Honor, Bigger Thomas was willing to vote for and follow any man who would have led him out of his morass of pain and hate and fear.†   (source)
  • …I will do him this credit he had never once thought about what be asked me to do until the moment be asked it because I know that be would not have waited two months or even two days to ask it) —my presence was to him only the absence of black morass and snarled vine and creeper to that man who had struggled through a swamp with nothing to guide or drive him—no hope, no light only some incorrigibility of undefeat—and blundered at last and without warning onto dry solid ground and sun…†   (source)
  • …by the demon's body servant through swamp and plain and mountain pass, the regiment moving no faster than the wagon could, with starved gaunt men and gaunt spent horses knee deep in icy mud or snow, sweating and cursing it through bog and morass like a piece of artillery, speaking of the two stones as 'Colonel' and 'Mrs Colonel; then through the Cumberland Gap and down through the Tennessee mountains, travelling at night to dodge Yankee patrols, and into Mississippi in the late fall…†   (source)
  • God help those who wander into the great mire now, for even the firm uplands are becoming a morass.†   (source)
  • This morass was not her home, she insisted.†   (source)
  • My imagination was running away with me into a morass of unsubstantial fears.†   (source)
  • The artillery would have been lost among the morasses.†   (source)
  • Yes, unquestionably it is due to that poisonous morass up at Molledal.†   (source)
  • The morass that the whole life of our town is built on and is rotting in.†   (source)
  • Begging your pardon, Doctor, I fancy it is due to quite another morass altogether.†   (source)
  • Now this was the manner of obtaining alcohol under the reign of righteousness and prohibition: He drove from the severe rectangular streets of the modern business center into the tangled byways of Old Town—jagged blocks filled with sooty warehouses and lofts; on into The Arbor, once a pleasant orchard but now a morass of lodging-houses, tenements, and brothels.†   (source)
  • Martin had been reading Max Gottlieb's scientific papers—as much of them as he could read, with their morass of mathematical symbols—and from them he had a conviction that experiments should be something dealing with the foundations of life and death, with the nature of bacterial infection, with the chemistry of bodily reactions.†   (source)
  • But where Silver stood with his lieutenant, all was still in shadow, and they waded knee-deep in a low white vapour that had crawled during the night out of the morass.†   (source)
  • For four years, now, Jurgis had been wondering and blundering in the depths of a wilderness; and here, suddenly, a hand reached down and seized him, and lifted him out of it, and set him upon a mountain-top, from which he could survey it all—could see the paths from which he had wandered, the morasses into which he had stumbled, the hiding places of the beasts of prey that had fallen upon him.†   (source)
  • It was not, alas, a clean rush of waves they had to win through, but a clogging morass of old associations and habits, and for the moment its vapours were in his throat.†   (source)
  • Seven miles to the north of Venice the banks of sand which nearer the city rise little above low-water mark attain by degrees a higher level, and knit themselves at last into fields of salt morass, raised here and there into shapeless mounds, and intercepted by narrow creeks of sea.†   (source)
  • Immediately there was a crashing through the yellow canes, and a sound of voices from the dense green jungle that marked the morass through which I had run on the previous day.†   (source)
  • It cannot be said, in this biography of a young man who was in no degree a hero, who regarded himself as a seeker after truth yet who stumbled and slid back all his life and bogged himself in every obvious morass, that Martin's intentions toward Madeline Fox were what is called "honorable.†   (source)
  • Somewhere in the heart of the great Grimpen Mire, down in the foul slime of the huge morass which had sucked him in, this cold and cruel-hearted man is forever buried.†   (source)
  • There was no chance of finding footsteps in the mire, for the rising mud oozed swiftly in upon them, but as we at last reached firmer ground beyond the morass we all looked eagerly for them.†   (source)
  • Two of the sweeping bastions appeared to rest on the water which washed their bases, while a deep ditch and extensive morasses guarded its other sides and angles.†   (source)
  • Here was a weary experience in which he was as utterly condemned to loneliness as in the despair which sometimes threatened him while toiling in the morass of authorship without seeming nearer to the goal.†   (source)
  • I projected then two excursions, the first to make a thorough examination of the thicket and morass; the next right away to the Gap, through which alone the archenemy could have entered our territory.†   (source)
  • I am sure you cannot long be content to pass your leisure in solitude, and to devote your working hours to a monotonous labour wholly void of stimulus: any more than I can be content," he added, with emphasis, "to live here buried in morass, pent in with mountains — my nature, that God gave me, contravened; my faculties, heaven-bestowed, paralysed — made useless.†   (source)
  • A few miles from Boston, in Massachusetts, there is a deep inlet winding several miles into the interior of the country from Charles Bay, and terminating in a thickly wooded swamp or morass.†   (source)
  • And some certain significance lurks in all things, else all things are little worth, and the round world itself but an empty cipher, except to sell by the cartload, as they do hills about Boston, to fill up some morass in the Milky Way.†   (source)
  • The path from the wood leads to a morass, and from thence to a ford, which, as the rains have abated, may now be passable.†   (source)
  • The filthy morass, in which he had sunk of his own free will, was too revolting to him, and, like very many men in such cases, he put faith above all in change of place.†   (source)
  • Contrary to the usual practice of the men of their caste, this party had left the fertile bottoms of the low country, and had found its way, by means only known to such adventurers, across glen and torrent, over deep morasses and arid wastes, to a point far beyond the usual limits of civilised habitations.†   (source)
  • The black man told him of great sums of money buried by Kidd the pirate under the oak-trees on the high ridge, not far from the morass.†   (source)
  • "A broken path—a precipice—a ford, and a morass!" said the knight interrupting him,—"Sir Hermit, if you were the holiest that ever wore beard or told bead, you shall scarce prevail on me to hold this road to-night.†   (source)
  • As both steel and curse sank to the socket, as if sucked into a morass, Moby Dick sideways writhed; spasmodically rolled his nigh flank against the bow, and, without staving a hole in it, so suddenly canted the boat over, that had it not been for the elevated part of the gunwale to which he then clung, Ahab would once more have been tossed into the sea.†   (source)
  • What morass?†   (source)
  • The second day two of their sheep plunged into a morass, where they and their burdens were lost; two more died of fatigue a few days after; seven or eight perished with hunger in a desert; and others subsequently fell down precipices.†   (source)
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