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  • Moreover: I was not used to European hotels where you had to ring to get in after a certain hour, and when at last I splashed up sneezing and bone chilled to find the glass door locked, I stood for some indefinite time rattling the handle like a zombie, back and forth, back and forth, with a rhythmic, locked-in, metronome dumbness, too stupefied with cold to understand why I couldn't get in.†   (source)
  • It was our metronome, our pulse.†   (source)
  • The ventilator that's doing my breathing has a soothing rhythm like a metronome, in, out, in, out.†   (source)
  • I'm too busy moving from one city and one job to another, loyal to the rhythms of a column-writing schedule that serves as my metronome.†   (source)
  • The toy man had a broken nose slanted to the left: an offbeat metronome caught forever at the start of an upward stroke.†   (source)
  • He quaked with joy as he burrowed his head into my stomach and nibbled the buttons of my shirt, his tail slapping the steering wheel like the needle on a metronome.†   (source)
  • He ran steadily, mechanically, his barrel legs pumping like a metronome.†   (source)
  • He showed them the steps without touching them, keeping time with a metronome, under the friendly eye of Ursula, who did not leave the room for a moment while her daughters had their lesson.†   (source)
  • The metronomic beat of the clock speeds up, and I rise toward the surface.†   (source)
  • My heart had kept pace to the metronomelike rhythm of a monitor's steady beep.†   (source)
  • "But not just yet," he said, holding up a finger and laughing, a slow metronomic sound, heh-heh-heh ….†   (source)
  • His heart beat unevenly in his chest, like a broken metronome, but his voice was steady.†   (source)
  • Mudge had a surprisingly dramatic flair as he spoke, stabbing the air in front of him with a perfectly manicured index finger, which moved as thoughtlessly and precisely as a metronome.†   (source)
  • No matter how mechanical the fan is in its movement the textures of air have no sense of the metronome.†   (source)
  • He tapped his cane at each step, partly in commemoration, partly in retaliation, and partly to make it a metronome, for he had discovered long before that to defeat pain he had to separate it from time, its most useful ally.†   (source)
  • But I knew how many tokens it took to play a game, and soon enough I had my hands on the buttons, and I could hear the music that had been the sound track to so many of the afternoons before I got sick—the ominous dun dun dun dun's that I used to hear in my sleep like echoes from an era that I hadn't even lived through, an early '80s electronic metronome.†   (source)
  • So they had gone at their subjects with metronomes, serpents, Brechtian vignettes at midnight, surgical removal of certain glands, magic-lantern hallucinations, new drugs, threats recited over hidden loudspeakers, hypnotism, clocks that ran backward, and faces.†   (source)
  • Imagine, if you will, a land in which carpetbaggers swarmed not for a decade or so but for millennia and you will come to understand just one aspect of a Poland stomped upon with metronomic tedium and regularity by the French, the Swedes, the Austrians, Prussians, Russians, and possessed by even such greedy incubuses as the Turks.†   (source)
  • Miss Eckhart worshiped her metronome.†   (source)
  • In coffins for the not dead and not alive, in planked boxes, the metronomes waited to be set in motion.†   (source)
  • Rag ends of language are floating in his head: mephitic, metronome, mastitis, metatarsal, maudlin.†   (source)
  • A really huge metronome that could also double as a weapon?†   (source)
  • Colin's mother shook her head rhythmically, like a disapproving metronome.†   (source)
  • The metronome, ceremoniously closed, stood on the piano like a vase.†   (source)
  • The metronome was never set before Virgie again.†   (source)
  • It was the way she nodded at pupils to bring up their rhythm, helping out the metronome.†   (source)
  • A metronome was an infernal machine, Cassie's mother said when Cassie told on Virgie.†   (source)
  • No swinging amulet, no metronome.†   (source)
  • A clerk in a fair imitation of a British admirals uniform appeared and disappeared from behind the desk with the regularity of a metronome.†   (source)
  • …them, not even with the most desperate act of her old age when she would bathe the small Jose Arcadio three years before he was sent to the seminary and caress him not as a grandmother would have done with a grandchild, but as a woman would have done with a man, as it was said that the French matrons did and as she had wanted to do with Pietro Crespi at the age of twelve, fourteen, when she saw him in his dancing tights and with the magic wand with which he kept time to the metronome.†   (source)
  • Breathing in short gasps that made him more comfortable and served as a metronome by which to time the placements of the axes, he turned now and then to spit.†   (source)
  • As time went on, Virgie Rainey showed her bad manners to Miss Eckhart still more, since she had won about the metronome.†   (source)
  • Then Virgie, one day when the metronome was set going in front of her— Cassie was just leavingannounced simply that she would not play another note with that thing in her face.†   (source)
  • When the first unreasoning husti-there was the usual series-fell over the audience, the room seemed to shake with the agitation of palmetto and feather fans alone, plus the occasional involuntary tick of the metronome within its doors.†   (source)
  • She had a nickel alarm clock and a battered metronome.†   (source)
  • Miss Tynmore, as if not trusting the metronome, counted, one, two, three; one, two, three.†   (source)
  • The metronome clicked on dreamily; the clock ticked querulously.†   (source)
  • There was a boy who used no canvas, but did something with bird cages and metronomes, and another who discovered a new technique of painting: he blackened a sheet of paper and then painted with a rubber eraser.†   (source)
  • Francie was so fascinated by the metronome that she found it hard to listen to what Miss Tynmore said and to watch the way she placed Mama's hands on the keys.†   (source)
  • She limbered up her fingers, glanced at the clock, was satisfied she had taken enough minutes, started the metronome, took her seat and the lesson began.†   (source)
  • "; Mme. de Cambremer, as a woman who had received a sound musical education, beating time with her head—transformed for the nonce into the pendulum of a metronome, the sweep and rapidity of whose movements from one shoulder to the other (performed with that look of wild abandonment in her eye which a sufferer shews who is no longer able to analyse his pain, nor anxious to master it, and says merely "I can't help it") so increased that at every moment her diamond earrings caught in the…†   (source)
  • The square oars rang in the iron thwarts, and, in the stillness, seemed to mark time, like the beating of a metronome, while at the stern the rudder that trailed behind never ceased its gentle splash against the water.†   (source)
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