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  • Then Fermina Daza saw her town again in the somnolence of two o'clock in the afternoon.†   (source)
  • An unmarked ornithopter squatted nearby, humming softly on standby like a somnolent insect.†   (source)
  • Yet, the director had so placed him that his drunken somnolence held the scene together, and emphasized the futility of the passionate talkers.†   (source)
  • He paid no more attention till the young man's voice at the porch edge roused him from his half-somnolence.†   (source)
  • She grew weak and somnolent, could spend hours; lying in the shade looking up at the sun, uninterested in anything else.†   (source)
  • She gazed at him with new approval when she stopped, the lush, responsive tissues of her dark face turning darker still and blooming somnolently with a swelling and beautifying infusion of blood.†   (source)
  • The bell-like clarity of her voice caused somnolent lizards on the wall to snap to attention.†   (source)
  • I turned on the somnolent Ian.†   (source)
  • Evidently he could stand a lot, for not until the pups were totally exhausted and had collapsed into complete somnolence did he get to his feet, careful not to step on the small, sprawled forms, and disengage himself.†   (source)
  • Somewhere beyond the battening, urged sweep of three-bedroom houses rushing by their thousands across all the dark beige hills, somehow implicit in an arrogance or bite to the smog the more inland somnolence of San Narciso did lack, lurked the sea. the unimaginable Pacific, the one to which all surfers, beach pads, sewage disposal schemes, tourist incursions, sunned homosexuality, chartered fishing are irrelevant, the hole left by the moon's tearing-free and monument to her exile; you…†   (source)
  • Arriving in the somnolent little town on the Pamlico River, we greeted my grandmother with soft words and exceptional tenderness, for she had been nearly totally paralyzed from a stroke for many years.†   (source)
  • I moved to Beaufort, South Carolina, in the early sixties, a town fed by warm salt tides and cooled by mild winds from the sea; a somnolent town built on a high bluff where a river snaked fortuitously.†   (source)
  • Murrell wore no mask, for his face was that, a face that was aware while he was somnolent, a face that watched for him, and listened for him, alert and nearly brutal, the guard of a planner.†   (source)
  • the sound had a somnolent effect
  • The somnolence of a hot summer morning descended on us all.†   (source)
  • Sophie wondered in somnolent sickish despair.†   (source)
  • It was like the somnolent hum of summer wasps in a ground nest, sleepy, deadly, beginning to wake up.†   (source)
  • Behind the house, honeysuckle grew in a wild drift, calling the somnolent bees of a summer afternoon.†   (source)
  • In the driveway, the somnolent summer flies had found the corpse of Cujo and that of Sheriff Bannerman, husband to Victoria, father to Katrina.†   (source)
  • My interest sparked when he mentioned Jared–and Melanie, so somnolent these days, stirred–but Ian didn't say anything else.†   (source)
  • One minute she was gazing at a mock-up of a space capsule, safely surrounded by old, somnolent men; the next, alone in a great, fluorescent murmur of office activity.†   (source)
  • This matutinal grope, the somnolent reaching out, was a Pavlovian reflex which I would experience often in later years.†   (source)
  • …among not only her fellow students but also most of the visible structure around and ahead of them, this having been a national reflex to certain pathologies in high places only death had had the power to cure, and this Berkeley was like no somnolent Siwash out of her own past at all. but more akin to those Far Eastern or Latin American universities you read about, those autonomous culture media where the most beloved of folklores may be brought into doubt, cataclysmic of dissents…†   (source)
  • …she said that those first mornings at Yetta's rooming house, waking in a strange bed surrounded by strange pink walls as she drowsily listened to the faint far-off rumble of traffic on Church Avenue, she would for long seconds be so unable to name or recognize either herself or her surroundings that she felt herself to be in a somnolent trance, like the enchanted maiden in one of those Grimm fairy tales of her childhood, transported after a nocturnal spell to a new and unknown kingdom.†   (source)
  • A lazy somnolence descended on the crowd.†   (source)
  • The lake of my mind, unbroken by oars, heaves placidly and soon sinks into an oily somnolence.†   (source)
  • Already her maternal somnolence is uneasy.†   (source)
  • 'I wish, then, after this somnolence to sparkle, many-faceted under the light of my friends' faces.†   (source)
  • It seemed to him that as he sat there the yellow day contemplated him drowsily, like a prone and somnolent yellow cat.†   (source)
  • His hands clasped themselves over his capacious paunch, his eyes blinked, as if he would have liked to reply kindly to these blandishments (she was seductive but a little nervous) but could not, sunk as he was in a grey-green somnolence which embraced them all, without need of words, in a vast and benevolent lethargy of well-wishing; all the house; all the world; all the people in it, for he had slipped into his glass at lunch a few drops of something, which accounted, the children…†   (source)
  • Miss Margaret Blanchard and Mrs. C. M. McReady, the druggist's drugged wife who, by the white pitted fabric of her skin, and the wide bright somnolence of her eyes, on honey-dew had fed too often, came out of the theatre and turned down toward Wood's pharmacy.†   (source)
  • In an instant, the somnolence had fled from the lounging throng and something electric went snapping through the air.†   (source)
  • Eugene was early up at dawn, and after futile efforts to waken the luxuriously somnolent Sinker, he was off to the dingy yellow piers along the waterfront, which were stored with munitions for the war.†   (source)
  • And no one could have known that he had ever looked at her either as, without any semblance of progress in either of them, they draw slowly together as the wagon crawls terrifically toward her in its slow palpable aura of somnolence and red dust in which the steady feet of the mules move dreamlike and punctuate by the sparse jingle of harness and the limber bobbing of jackrabbit ears, the mules still neither asleep nor awake as he halts them.†   (source)
  • A heavy warm somnolence lay over the house, as if it slept at ease like the girls, until night when it would burst into its full beauty with music and candle flames.†   (source)
  • Here is a hall where one pays money and goes in, where one hears music among somnolent people who have come here after lunch on a hot afternoon.†   (source)
  • The droning voice of the professor continued to wind itself slowly round and round the coils it spoke of, doubling, trebling, quadrupling its somnolent energy as the coil multiplied its ohms of resistance.†   (source)
  • The murmur of water, the hum of bees, the songs of strange birds, the sweet, warm air, the dreamy summer somnolence of the valley—all these added drowsiness to Shefford's weary lassitude, and he fell asleep.†   (source)
  • When the wind was west a sullen roar, remote as of some far-off driving mill, filled the valley; when it was east a dreamy hollow hum, a somnolent song, murmured through the cottonwoods; when no wind stirred, silence reigned, a silence not of serene plain or mountain fastness, but shut in, compressed, strange, and breathless.†   (source)
  • Nevertheless, there can be but few of us who had never known one of these rare moments of awakening when we see, hear, understand ever so much—everything—in a flash—before we fall back again into our agreeable somnolence.†   (source)
  • The dull depression he experienced in a somnolent condition at first gave him a little relief, but only as something new, afterwards it became as distressing as the pain itself or even more so.†   (source)
  • It was a case of two dogs playing on a hearth-rug; one worrying a paper screw, snarling, snapping, giving a pinch, now and then, at the old dog's ear; the other lying somnolent, blinking at the fire, raising a paw, turning and growling good-temperedly.†   (source)
  • But when I returned, I found you, oh, so altered! wearing already that mask of somnolent indifference which you have never laid aside until …. until now.†   (source)
  • There was a sylvan attitude of somnolent sleepiness pervading that section of the external outward surface of Alabama that lay exposed to my view.†   (source)
  • Jude was in such physical pain from his unfortunate break-down of the previous night, and in such mental pain from the loss of Sue and from having yielded in his half-somnolent state to Arabella, that when he saw his few chattels unpacked and standing before his eyes in this strange bedroom, intermixed with woman's apparel, he scarcely considered how they had come there, or what their coming signalized.†   (source)
  • When they had passed the little town of Stourcastle, dumbly somnolent under its thick brown thatch, they reached higher ground.†   (source)
  • The dark street lightened, the dwellings of the rich loomed up around them, he stopped his coup_ in front of the great white bulk of the Mortimer Joneses house, somnolent, gorgeous, drenched with the splendor of the damp moonlight.†   (source)
  • Some constitutions plunge the citizens into a lethargic somnolence, and others rouse them to feverish excitement.†   (source)
  • They were activities which, beside those of a town, a village, or even a farm, would have appeared as the ferment of stagnation merely, a creeping of the flesh of somnolence.†   (source)
  • The pronunciation of a few words, the name, no doubt, which her husband had whispered in her ear, had sufficed to rouse this huge, somnolent woman, and from being repulsive she became terrible.†   (source)
  • Dr. Battius bustled through the narrow entrance, with an air of singular impatience, and was already beginning to mount the difficult ascent, when catching a view of the porter, he paused, to observe with an air that he intended should be impressively admonitory— "Abner, there are dangerous symptoms of somnolency about thee!†   (source)
  • He was again painfully aware of a somnolent tendency in Frederick (which had no existence out of his own imagination), and after dinner, when Frederick had withdrawn, privately apologised to Mrs General for the poor man.†   (source)
  • The nervous excitement of which we speak pursued Valentine even in her sleep, or rather in that state of somnolence which succeeded her waking hours; it was then, in the silence of night, in the dim light shed from the alabaster lamp on the chimney-piece, that she saw the shadows pass and repass which hover over the bed of sickness, and fan the fever with their trembling wings.†   (source)
  • Then there is least somnolence in us; and for an hour, at least, some part of us awakes which slumbers all the rest of the day and night.†   (source)
  • An empty glass stood on a table before him, which, with his somnolent condition and a very strong smell of brandy and water, forewarned the visitor that Mr Squeers had been seeking, in creature comforts, a temporary forgetfulness of his unpleasant situation.†   (source)
  • Clym stepped before her into the passage, and Eustacia waited, her somnolent manner covering her inner heat and agitation.†   (source)
  • All at once, towards the end of February, 1832, it was discovered that Brujon, that somnolent fellow, had had three different commissions executed by the errand-men of the establishment, not under his own name, but in the name of three of his comrades; and they had cost him in all fifty sous, an exorbitant outlay which attracted the attention of the prison corporal.†   (source)
  • In less than half an hour the breathing of Esther became so profound, and, as the Doctor himself might have termed it, so very abstracted, that had he not known how easy it was to ascribe this new instance of somnolency to the powerful dose of opium with which he had garnished the brandy, he might have seen reason to distrust his own prescription.†   (source)
  • The porter watched them take their departure as he had watched their arrival, in terrified somnolence.†   (source)
  • I relapsed temporarily into a state of satisfied somnolence, but roused myself shortly to go down for breakfast.†   (source)
  • …skin that tightened again upon a paunch ..., as though muscle and tissue had been courage or fortitude which the days or the years had consumed until only the indomitable skeleton was left rising like a ruin or a landmark above the somnolent and impervious guts ,and...†   (source)
  • Somnolent invocation, less somnolent recognition, incipient excitation, catechetical interrogation.†   (source)
  • Onward to the dead sea they tramp to drink, unslaked and with horrible gulpings, the salt somnolent inexhaustible flood.†   (source)
  • Moreover, on the free surface of the lake in Stephen's green amid inverted reflections of trees her uncommented spit, describing concentric circles of waterrings, indicated by the constancy of its permanence the locus of a somnolent prostrate fish (cf mousewatching cat).†   (source)
  • As a physiologist he believed in the artificial placation of malignant agencies chiefly operative during somnolence.†   (source)
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