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  • I'd like to know how you ended up in this quagmire.†   (source)
  • Finally he chose three which looked particularly good to him—'quagmire,"†   (source)
  • I tried to cast her future, but it's a hopeless quagmire-lovely word,quagmire —because her life interacts with so many others.†   (source)
  • Peach was picking her way across the main street of Fort Smith, which was less of a quagmire than usual, since it had been dry lately.†   (source)
  • On the race's eve, a downpour rendered the track at Narragansett a quagmire.†   (source)
  • At least once during every novel she'd fling herself into the kitchen, near tears, hysterical that she'd lost any talent she ever possessed, the book was a quagmire, a disaster, the end of her career, and Chris and I would just sit there, silent, until she wailed out again.†   (source)
  • The marshes were bewildering and treacherous, and there was no permanent trail even for Rangers to find through their shifting quagmires.†   (source)
  • Once I ran into a flat piece of bottom land, and what seemed solid earth by the light of the moon was a marshy quagmire.†   (source)
  • JFK will be leaping from one political quagmire and into another.†   (source)
  • We seem to be in a quagmire here; it might be helpful.†   (source)
  • It was a heavy rain, turning roads to mud and fields to quagmires, swelling the rivers and stripping the trees of their leaves.†   (source)
  • It is not alone that forlornly lovely, nostalgic landscape which creates the frequent likeness—the quagmiry but haunting monochrome of the Narew River swampland, for example, with its look and feel of a murky savanna village of Galicia, where by only the smallest eyewink of the imagination one might see whisked to a lonesome crossroads hamlet in Arkansas these ramshackle, weather-bleached little houses, crookedly carpentered, set upon shrubless plots of clay where scrawny chickens fuss…†   (source)
  • It's no longer a flawless cut-paper profile, her face is sinking in upon itself, and I think of those towns built on underground rivers, where houses and whole streets disappear overnight, into sudden quagmires, or coal towns collapsing into the mines beneath them.†   (source)
  • The entire empire has sunk into a quagmire of extravagance from which they cannot extricate themselves.†   (source)
  • The track was a quagmire.†   (source)
  • Or it resembled a greedy, avid, delicious quagmire which would swallow up the lost, benighted traveler with a last tired, liquid, contented sigh.†   (source)
  • Before we cast away the solid assurances of national armaments for self-preservation we must be certain that our temple is built, not upon shifting sands or quagmires, but upon the rock.†   (source)
  • "But, Ashley," she began, floundering in a quagmire of bewilderment, "if you're afraid we'll starve, why—why— Oh, Ashley, we'll manage somehow!†   (source)
  • He stopped the roan (it was April then, and the road was still a quagmire) and sat there in his splashed tarpaulin and looked from one face to the next; your grandfather said that his eyes looked like pieces of a broken plate and that his beard was strong as a curry-comb.†   (source)
  • Before we cast away the solid assurances of national armaments for self-preservation we must be certain that our temple is built, not upon shifting sands or quagmires, but upon the rock.†   (source)
  • It was only when I observed that this Lois was mixed up with the other Lois, with certain human traits, that I began to feel that all the works of man might be swallowed up in the quagmire.†   (source)
  • Yes, in that greedy, delicious quagmire, the solemn temples, the gorgeous palaces, towers, battlements, libraries, museums, huts, hospitals, houses, cities, and all the works of man might be swallowed up, with that last luxurious sigh.†   (source)
  • The heavy lumpish phrase sank slowly out of hearing like a stone through a quagmire.†   (source)
  • The deer, looking soaked, leave quagmires where they pass.†   (source)
  • Jean Valjean mounted this inclined plane and reached the other side of the quagmire.†   (source)
  • And after the quagmire, was there not the police patrol, which assuredly could not be twice avoided?†   (source)
  • From the end of it a small wand planted here and there showed where the path zigzagged from tuft to tuft of rushes among those green-scummed pits and foul quagmires which barred the way to the stranger.†   (source)
  • If a person who has blindly walked into a quagmire cries for help, I am inclined to give it, if possible.†   (source)
  • Tess, meanwhile, as the one who had dragged her parents into this quagmire, was silently wondering what she could do to help them out of it; and then her mother broached her scheme.†   (source)
  • Lastly, a large percentage of buffalo were chased by hunters into the quagmires and quicksands along the numerous streams, there to perish.†   (source)
  • And there is a road covered with muck and splintered branches, much like the wood itself; branching off from the road, a country lane, a rutted quagmire, winds up the hill; tree trunks jut into the cold rain, naked and stripped of branches.†   (source)
  • And there must be a plentiful lack of oxygen in very many houses in this town, I should think, judging from the fact that the whole compact majority can be unconscientious enough to wish to build the town's prosperity on a quagmire of falsehood and deceit.†   (source)
  • Riding-saddles and bridles, pack-saddles and strings of bells, mules and men, lanterns, torches, sacks, provender, barrels, cheeses, kegs of honey and butter, straw bundles and packages of many shapes, were crowded confusedly together in this thawed quagmire and about the steps.†   (source)
  • On both sides lay an extensive quagmire, which could not have been more disagreeable either to sight or smell, had all the kennels of the earth emptied their pollution there.†   (source)
  • There are liquid clays, springs, hard rocks, and those soft and deep quagmires which special science calls moutardes.†   (source)
  • 'Well,' says I, 'you talk o' Bony's cliverness; would it be any use my being a first-rate gardener if I'd got nought but a quagmire to work on?'†   (source)
  • It was full of pits and quagmires, partly covered with weeds and mosses, where the green surface often betrayed the traveller into a gulf of black, smothering mud; there were also dark and stagnant pools, the abodes of the tadpole, the bull-frog, and the water-snake, where the trunks of pines and hemlocks lay half-drowned, half-rotting, looking like alligators sleeping in the mire.†   (source)
  • Some asserted that she lost her way among the tangled mazes of the swamp, and sank into some pit or slough; others, more uncharitable, hinted that she had eloped with the household booty, and made off to some other province; while others surmised that the tempter had decoyed her into a dismal quagmire, on the top of which her hat was found lying.†   (source)
  • Besides, how was he to again traverse that quagmire whence he had only extricated himself as by a miracle?†   (source)
  • Just imagine, there was a terrible quagmire enough to drown one a hundred times over, to drown one in mire.†   (source)
  • He jostled his shoulder in an attempt to catch a sight of his profile, and he exclaimed, without, however, raising his tone: "Apropos of that quagmire, you're a hearty animal.†   (source)
  • D'Escoubleau, surprised one night at his cousin's, the Duchess de Sourdis', was drowned in a quagmire of the Beautreillis sewer, in which he had taken refuge in order to escape from the Duke.†   (source)
  • This sort of quagmire was common at that period in the subsoil of the Champs-Elysees, difficult to handle in the hydraulic works and a bad preservative of the subterranean constructions, on account of its excessive fluidity.†   (source)
  • He had preferred to traverse that quagmire with his burden, and his exertions must have been terrible, for it is impossible to risk one's life more completely; I don't understand how he could have come out of that alive.†   (source)
  • Sometimes, however, coming from those lofty mountains which dominate the moral horizon, justice, wisdom, reason, right, formed of the pure snow of the ideal, after a long fall from rock to rock, after having reflected the sky in its transparency and increased by a hundred affluents in the majestic mien of triumph, insurrection is suddenly lost in some quagmire, as the Rhine is in a swamp.†   (source)
  • They give many names; among others, that of the sewerman who was swallowed up in a quagmire under the man-hole of the Rue Careme-Prenant, a certain Blaise Poutrain; this Blaise Poutrain was the brother of Nicholas Poutrain, who was the last grave-digger of the cemetery called the Charnier des Innocents, in 1785, the epoch when that cemetery expired.†   (source)
  • One fact is to be noticed, that before reaching the exit grating, this convict, who had come a long distance in the sewer, must, necessarily, have encountered a frightful quagmire where it seems as though he might have left the body, but the sewermen would have found the assassinated man the very next day, while at work on the quagmire, and that did not suit the assassin's plans.†   (source)
  • By much trampling, we had made it a mere quagmire.†   (source)
  • Our city, tho' laid out with a beautiful regularity, the streets large, strait, and crossing each other at right angles, had the disgrace of suffering those streets to remain long unpav'd, and in wet weather the wheels of heavy carriages plough'd them into a quagmire, so that it was difficult to cross them; and in dry weather the dust was offensive.†   (source)
  • Who gives anything to poor Tom? whom the foul fiend hath led through fire and through flame, through ford and whirlpool, o'er bog and quagmire; that hath laid knives under his pillow and halters in his pew, set ratsbane by his porridge; made him proud of heart, to ride on a bay trotting horse over four-inched bridges, to course his own shadow for a traitor.†   (source)
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