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  • Somewhere in the recumbent solitudes, the motionless but teeming millions of books, lost in two dozen turns right, three dozen turns left, down aisles, through doors, toward dead ends, locked doors, half-empty shelves, somewhere in the literary soot of Dickens's London, or Dostoevsky's Moscow or the steppes beyond, somewhere in the vellumed dust of atlas or Geographic, sneezes pent but set like traps, the boys crouched, stood, lay sweating a cool and constant brine.†   (source)
  • We find him outside, standing by the taxi and looking through factory smoke at the low mountains that run across the steppe.†   (source)
  • Or just the Kazakh Steppes.†   (source)
  • They lived in colder climates—on steppes, snowy plateaus, that sort of place.†   (source)
  • Thousands upon thousands were being killed at sea and on the steppes of Russia.†   (source)
  • Of those that do reach the earth's surface, two-thirds, I suppose, nip into the sea, and the other third sinks into forests or skids across savannahs and steppes.†   (source)
  • Far to the south of the frozen steppes, in the civilized lands where men had more time for leisure activities and contemplation and every action wasn't determined by sheer necessity, wizards and would-be wizards were less rare.†   (source)
  • So straight on through the night, flat out through quarter-moon dark as in the steppes of the far Dakotas, wolf country, and the road was smooth and fast.†   (source)
  • The saga itself is in a species of English, one would think it was written by Dryden in mock imitation of Spenser if one did not know the awful truth: those nights and days and twenty years on the frigid Dakota steppe, dreaming of ancient Norway, scratching away while the wild wind out of Saskatchewan howls through the bending wheat: "Oh thou great leader, HARALD, how great is thy grief!†   (source)
  • THE desert was neither flat nor monotonous; nor was it like so many other deserts - the Gobi, the Steppes, or certain parts of the Sahara - featureless and devoid of colour.†   (source)
  • Russia, with its fields, steppes, villages, and towns, bleached lime-white by the sun, flew past them wrapped in hot clouds of dust.†   (source)
  • He regarded the great sweep-like steppes, like moors, like deserts (all of which were imaginary to him); but more than it was like any likeness, it was South.†   (source)
  • I command the greatest army that has ever marched on the frozen steppes of this forsaken land!†   (source)
  • Still, as time went on and the coastal aquifers turned salty and the northern permafrost melted and the vast tundra bubbled with methane, and the drought in the midcontinental plains regions went on and on, and the Asian steppes turned to sand dunes, and meat became harder to come by, some people had their doubts.†   (source)
  • I will try again someday, detouring to the east to find a crossing point, but from the telltale signs of phoenix across the chasm and the pall of smoke along the northeastern horizon, I suspect I will find only the chalma-fi! led canyons and steppes of flame forest that are roughed in on the orbital survey map I carry.†   (source)
  • The weather was changing as it does in every electrifying autumn; soon the air would be cold and the winds would drive the crows from the steppes of Russia to the comparative warmth of Vienna.†   (source)
  • …on the left-hand page—Death elsewhere, Conflagration in many places, Terror universal, the crows, the ravens in silent glide, the raven perched on the white nag's rump, black and white forever, and he thinks of a lonely tower standing on the Kazakh Test Site, the tower armed with the bomb, and he can almost hear the wind blowing across the Central Asian steppes, out where the enemy lives in long coats and fur caps, speaking that old weighted language of theirs, liturgical and grave.†   (source)
  • And a man stranded homeless on the frozen steppes with the first winds of winter already beginning to blow is a formidable enemy indeed!†   (source)
  • He could hardly keep his limbs still as he followed the roiling black and gray clouds that tumbled over the city, riding on their first light after having been born on the steppes of Russia.†   (source)
  • WHITE NIGHT I have visions of a remote time: A house on the Petersburg side of the Neva; You, the daughter of a none-too-well-off landed proprietress (The land being out in the steppes), Are taking courses-and were born in Kursk.†   (source)
  • Nothing could ever grow in that steppe, less than nothing behind four bathers of barbed wire.†   (source)
  • The steppe was barren and windswept, with a dry wind in the summer and a freezing one in winter.†   (source)
  • They would still have to cross the steppe, get to the camp, and line up there to be searched.†   (source)
  • St. George was galloping over the boundless expanse of the steppe.†   (source)
  • After the trumpets sounded their first martial notes, the strings swelled, and then his countryman began to play, evoking for the American audience the movement of a wolf through the birches, the wind across the steppe, the flicker of a candle in a ballroom, and the flash of a cannon at Borodino.†   (source)
  • Yes, a strange sight indeed: the naked steppe, the empty building site, the snow gleaming in the moonlight.†   (source)
  • When the rear of the column spilled over a rise Shukhov saw to the right, far away across the steppe, another dark column on the move, marching diagonally across their course.†   (source)
  • The column passed the wood-processing factory, built by prison labor, the workers' settlement (the huts had been assembled by prisoners too, but the inhabitants were civilians), the new club (convict-built in entirety, from the foundations to the mural decorations--but it wasn't they who saw the films there), and then moved out into the steppe, straight into the wind heading for the reddening dawn.†   (source)
  • At the end of almost every street you could see the steppe, gloomy under the dark sky, all the vastness of the war, the vastness of the revolution.†   (source)
  • FAIRY TALE Once upon a time In a faery realm A knight was urging his steed Over a steppe of burdocks.†   (source)
  • Persian mythology is rooted in the common Indo-European system that wa, carried out of the Aral-Caspian steppes into India and Iran, as well as into Europe.†   (source)
  • He was, in fact, as he called himself, a real wolf of the Steppes, a strange, wild, shy—very shy—being from another world than mine.†   (source)
  • He went on two legs, wore clothes and was a human being, but nevertheless he was in reality a wolf of the Steppes.†   (source)
  • The cause of this apparently was that at the bottom of his heart he knew all the time (or thought he knew) that he was in reality not a man, but a wolf of the Steppes.†   (source)
  • A wolf of the Steppes that had lost its way and strayed into the towns and the life of the herd, a more striking image could not be found for his shy loneliness, his savagery, his restlessness, his homesickness, his homelessness.†   (source)
  • For example, if Harry, as man, had a beautiful thought, felt a fine and noble emotion, or performed a so-called good act, then the wolf bared his teeth at him and laughed and showed him with bitter scorn how laughable this whole pantomime was in the eyes of a beast, of a wolf who knew well enough in his heart what suited him, namely, to trot alone over the Steppes and now and then to gorge himself with blood or to pursue a female wolf.†   (source)
  • The people lived on the steppes, by a river, in feltcovered tents.†   (source)
  • Vassenka was extremely delighted with the left horse, a horse of the Don Steppes.†   (source)
  • How fine it must be galloping over the steppes on a steppe horse!†   (source)
  • What a wretched idea to go and bury themselves in the steppes when the French army is in Moscow.†   (source)
  • These vaqueros were the most superb horsemen Madeline had ever seen, and she had seen the Cossacks and Tatars of the Russian steppes.†   (source)
  • How green the cedared foreground-how gray and barren the downward slope—how wonderful the painted steppes!†   (source)
  • "Genghis Khan," he said, "lone wolves on dusky steppes, snow and schnapps, whips and knouts, Schlusselburg prison and Holy Orthodoxy.†   (source)
  • It was a tableland, resembling more the Russian steppes than the other upland districts known in the West.†   (source)
  • He counted time forward, he looked into the future, and all was beautiful—long days, long hunts, long rides, service to his friend, freedom on the wild steppes, blue-white dawns upon the eastern crags, red-gold sunsets over the lilac mountains of the desert.†   (source)
  • By plain and prairie it fell away, each inch of gray in her sight magnifying into its league-long roll, On and on, and down across dark lines that were steppes, and at last blocked and changed by the meandering green thread which was the verdure of a desert river.†   (source)
  • They resemble the steppes of Tartary more than any other known portion of Christendom; being, in fact, a vast country, incapable of sustaining a dense population, in the absence of the two great necessaries already named.†   (source)
  • The party had landed on the border of a region that is, even to this day, less known to the inhabitants of the States than the deserts of Arabia, or the steppes of Tartary.†   (source)
  • The low shrub oak plateau to which the opposite shore arose stretched away toward the prairies of the West and the steppes of Tartary, affording ample room for all the roving families of men.†   (source)
  • He was driving somewhere in the steppes, where he had been stationed long ago, and a peasant was driving him in a cart with a pair of horses, through snow and sleet.†   (source)
  • So these are the steppes of Asia!†   (source)
  • For him it was no new conviction that his presence in any part of the world, from Africa to the steppes of Muscovy alike, was enough to dumfound people and impel them to insane self-oblivion.†   (source)
  • "As soon as Napoleon's interpreter had spoken," says Thiers, "the Cossack, seized by amazement, did not utter another word, but rode on, his eyes fixed on the conqueror whose fame had reached him across the steppes of the East.†   (source)
  • Seeing, on the other side, some Cossacks (les Cosaques) and the wide-spreading steppes in the midst of which lay the holy city of Moscow (Moscou, la ville sainte), the capital of a realm such as the Scythia into which Alexander the Great had marched—Napoleon unexpectedly, and contrary alike to strategic and diplomatic considerations, ordered an advance, and the next day his army began to cross the Niemen.†   (source)
  • "It's time to go to the steppe to measure the land," he said.†   (source)
  • Their cattle and horses grazed in herds on the steppe.†   (source)
  • When they reached the steppe, the morning red was beginning to kindle.†   (source)
  • How fine it must be galloping over the steppes on a steppe horse!†   (source)
  • Near the southern end of this strange steppe was a belt of glistening white sand dunes, many miles wide, impassable for a horse, and extremely perilous for a man.†   (source)
  • The sun's rays had hardly flashed above the horizon, before Pahom, carrying the spade over his shoulder, went down into the steppe.†   (source)
  • He could not, any more than a man who has been looking at a tuft of steppe grass through the mist and taking it for a tree can again take it for a tree after he has once recognized it to be a tuft of grass.†   (source)
  • Why is the steppe barren?†   (source)
  • Henceforth the memory of Leon was the centre of her boredom; it burnt there more brightly than the fire travellers have left on the snow of a Russian steppe.†   (source)
  • Next day about the third hour, out of the pass through which, skirting the base of Mount Gilead, they had journeyed since leaving Ramoth, the party came upon the barren steppe east of the sacred river.†   (source)
  • He had imagined riding on a steppe horse as something wild and romantic, and it turned out nothing of the sort.†   (source)
  • They were called steppe peasants.†   (source)
  • …who had reached Bogucharovo shortly before the old prince's death, noticed an agitation among the peasants, and that contrary to what was happening in the Bald Hills district, where over a radius of forty miles all the peasants were moving away and leaving their villages to be devastated by the Cossacks, the peasants in the steppe region round Bogucharovo were, it was rumored, in touch with the French, received leaflets from them that passed from hand to hand, and did not migrate.†   (source)
  • I see the steppes of Asia, I see the tumuli of Mongolia, I see the tents of Kalmucks and Baskirs, I see the nomadic tribes with herds of oxen and cows, I see the table-lands notch'd with ravines, I see the jungles and deserts, I see the camel, the wild steed, the bustard, the fat-tail'd sheep, the antelope, and the burrowing wolf I see the highlands of Abyssinia, I see flocks of goats feeding, and see the fig-tree, tamarind, date, And see fields of teff-wheat and places of verdure and…†   (source)
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