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  • She saw her husband in her mind's eye, his image stoking the burning pain that had smoldered inside her since he'd enlisted, becoming a part of her, hardened at the edges.†   (source)
  • Though Babi worked at Silo, Kabul's gigantic bread factory, where he labored amid the heat and the humming machinery stoking the massive ovens and mill grains all day, he was a university-educated man.†   (source)
  • I busied myself by the log burner, stoking the fire and sorting through the basket for logs of the right size.†   (source)
  • I kept stoking my conversation with Kevin.†   (source)
  • Two were standing, stoking the flames.†   (source)
  • And people like Ruth, they've been stoking it up.†   (source)
  • This went on for hours, with the fighting stoking up, then dying down.†   (source)
  • Mother was out in the kitchen and I'd been stoking up the fire.†   (source)
  • On November 27, very early in the day, probably while I was stoking our woodstove for breakfast, Lumumba escaped.†   (source)
  • "You hear that?" he said, stoking his courage.†   (source)
  • The fragrance of eucalyptus stoking a home fire, the smell of wet grass, of dung fuel, of tobacco, of swamp air, and the perfume of hundreds of roses—this was the scent of Missing.†   (source)
  • There were times in those early mornings in the kitchen when he returned to the house for his breakfast with Maria stirring about and stoking with wood the great nickelmounted cookstove or rolling out dough on the marble countertop that he would hear her singing somewhere in the house or smell the faintest breath of hyacinth as if she'd passed in the outer hall.†   (source)
  • Rabbi Flam continues stoking the fire: "What about being a survivor of sexual abuse?" he asks cheerily.†   (source)
  • Her hands massaged my scalp and neck, only stoking the heat of the fire.†   (source)
  • Unusual behavior tends to produce estrangement in others which tends to further the unusual behavior and thus the estrangement in self-stoking cycles until some sort of climax is reached.†   (source)
  • He was in the narrow tunnel that connected a stoking room to the hypocaust of a minor audience chamber down the corridor.†   (source)
  • Alvin saw them stoking up the fire, putting hot-burning branches on it to make it flare.†   (source)
  • The sailor leaned back, stoking his pipe.†   (source)
  • Stoking and stoking.†   (source)
  • Stoke the fire and prepare to wash more dirty sheets.   (source)
    stoke = add fuel to make burn hotter
  • After returning inside, he stoked the fire, then pulled on his rubber boots and his rain slicker.   (source)
    stoked = added fuel or stirred a fire to make it burn hotter; or made feelings stronger
  • That would be cool, and I think both Mel and Damien would be stoked—and God would be proud, too.   (source)
    stoked = excited
  • Edwin had stoked the flames into a bright blaze.   (source)
    stoked = added fuel or stirred a fire to make it burn hotter; or made feelings stronger
  • Long after Cole returned to the cabin and stoked the barrel stove, he kept thinking about Peter.   (source)
  • "Whoever stokes the fire during the night gets an extra pancake in the morning," he said.   (source)
    stokes = adds fuel or stirs a fire to make it burn hotter; or makes feelings stronger
  • I was pretty stoked.   (source)
    stoked = excited
  • Stoked: More than excited   (source)
    stoked = very excited
  • With professional calmness, firemen in helmets were stoking the dripping engines.   (source)
    stoking = adding fuel to a fire to make it burn hotter
  • Stoke your furnaces and clap on full steam!   (source)
    stoke = add fuel to make burn hotter
  • Stoke up more steam, sir, if you can.   (source)
  • The boy I'd seen in the last dream was stoking the bellows, except he was taller now, almost my age.†   (source)
  • I spotted Charles Beckendorf from the Hephaestus cabin stoking the forge outside the camp armory.†   (source)
  • Really stoking him now, making him slam his candy bar to the ground.†   (source)
  • Hephaestus actually laughed-a booming sound like a huge bellows stoking a fire.†   (source)
  • "There are far worse things than death," said the Demon, stoking the fire.†   (source)
  • The north wind gusted again, stoking the fire and sending my hair writhing in all directions.†   (source)
  • Stoking the fire was about as fun as riding a stationary bike inside a baking oven.†   (source)
  • This leads to more errors, which lead to more underestimation, in a self-stoking cycle.†   (source)
  • Hagrid did not emerge again, but smoke furled from the chimney, so Hagrid could not be so badly injured that he was unequal to stoking the fire.†   (source)
  • Stoking the storm, containing Gaea, keeping himself and Piper aloft ...Jason had never done anything so difficult.†   (source)
  • Stoking long-standing disputes on the subject, there is news of late, starting with July's decision by the California Board of Regents to end preferential admissions based on race and this fall's demonstrations at the University of California at Berkeley and elsewhere by minority students.†   (source)
  • Noises traveled down the long, narrow tunnel from the stoking room: shuffling thumps and a crackle that he strained his ears to hear.†   (source)
  • These seem to increase John's sarcasm in a self-stoking way and they both sense this and so they kind of veer away from me onto some subject of agreement and then come back again but this stickiness develops and they veer away again onto another agreeable subject.†   (source)
  • The sky was already a blaze of light, and the air stoking up rapidly.†   (source)
  • They could hear their mother stoking the fire in the room below, which made them whisper for fear that she could hear.†   (source)
  • I could not shine the star of great individuality that, by absorbed stoking, became a sun of the world over a throng to whom it glitters—whom it doesn't necessarily warm but only showers down a Plutarch radiance.†   (source)
  • The day was stoking up.†   (source)
  • If the public were carefully informed, by means of printed advertisements, that at eight o'clock in the morning a train started for Pierrefonds which arrived there at ten, that could only be because going to Pierrefonds was a lawful act, for which permission from Odette would be superfluous; an act, moreover, which might be performed from a motive altogether different from the desire to see Odette, since persons who had never even heard of her performed it daily, and in such numbers as justified the labour and expense of stoking the engines.†   (source)
  • So one by one the old, dingy, and unsanitary factories will come down—it will be cheaper to build new; and so the steamships will be provided with stoking machinery, and so the dangerous trades will be made safe, or substitutes will be found for their products.†   (source)
  • Keep stoking the furnaces.†   (source)
  • On Mountview Street the trees are just of that color and scale Liv is talking about, and though it has been but a few days, the pleasing bulk and hang of the limbs makes me homesick for what lies in wait over the first rise of the street, and I feel doubly sorry for my carelessness in overstoking the fire.†   (source)
    standard prefix: The prefix "over-" in overstoking means excessive. This is the same pattern as seen in words like overconfident, overemphasize, and overstimulate.
  • And we stuffing food in one hole and out behind: food, chyle, blood, dung, earth, food: have to feed it like stoking an engine.†   (source)
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  • Smoke poured from the chimneys, from the furnaces stoked with coal.†   (source)
  • Gotta go stoke Carl, I'd say, when it got cold.†   (source)
  • SS bark out orders as the train engine is stoked with coal.†   (source)
  • He watched him stoke the flames.†   (source)
  • Percy threw Fred an extremely nasty look and stoked the fire vigorously to bring the kettle back to the boil.†   (source)
  • He didn't mind if he had to stoke the fire for the next month.†   (source)
  • I'm excited about that, but here's what I'm really stoked about: I caught a blip from the MAV!†   (source)
  • The commandant makes a speech about virtue and family and the emblematic fire that Schulpforta boys carry everywhere they go, a bowl of pure flame to stoke the nation's hearths, fuhrer this and fuhrer that, his words crashing into Werner's ears in a familiar battery, one of the most daring boys muttering afterward, "Oh, I've got a hot bowl of something in my core."†   (source)
  • It's just the gross retail price of the commerce you've stoked.†   (source)
  • The Seattle people passed into memory and winter savings accounts; stoves were stoked, fires banked, books taken down, quilts mended.†   (source)
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  • In Hasnapur the Mazbi woman who'd stoked our hearth or spread our flaking, dried-out adobe walls with watered cow dung had been a maidservant.†   (source)
  • He bent down and stoked the coals.†   (source)
  • Fires roared around him, stoked by the winds, and the temperature was approaching the heat of an oven.†   (source)
  • He opened his mouth and it was Clarisse McClellan saying, "Didn't firemen prevent fires rather than stoke them up and get them going?"†   (source)
  • Under the ovens, the fires are stoked with sawdust.†   (source)
  • She said nothing, but used her hands to modulate Mammachi's fury, to stoke it anew.†   (source)
  • After she agreed to that, he was pretty upbeat, if not stoked, about Michigan.†   (source)
  • I tumble down with them, the fire rising as though someone has stoked the flames.†   (source)
  • I think they stoke up high tuitions just so they can complain.†   (source)
  • Then I stoked the fire in her hearth before returning down the stairs.†   (source)
  • Of course, the gunfire stoked up real loud as the words came out of my mouth.†   (source)
  • She would have to keep an eye on him, as she would on anyone who stoked their potential for Black Imagination with the tinder of hatred.†   (source)
  • All around them, beyond the dim glow of the fire Parwana has stoked from shrubs and brittle-looking weeds, is the desolate, endless expanse of sand and mountains swallowed up by the dark.†   (source)
  • We hung our heads, pushed back our chairs, and filed out to help stoke up the firebox in the kitchen house.†   (source)
  • Wage reductions and layoffs stoked unrest among workers nationwide.†   (source)
  • His speculative expression stoked the flames of my smoldering anger at the same time that it worried me.†   (source)
  • She stokes the fire of her hatred, feeding it tidbits about bigoted idiot Dina and spineless mushmouth Ralph, because she knows that just beyond the rage is a sorrow so enervating it could render her immobile.†   (source)
  • Now he had to stoke them into a frenzy to match his own.†   (source)
  • Dad was sore, but not stoked enough to start shoving anybody around.†   (source)
  • The thread tugs harder, and I stoke the flame with names.†   (source)
  • I led him into the billiard room where I stoked the fire while he sat down in one of the leather chairs and began to remove his shoes.†   (source)
  • He built a cooker in the desert, stoked it with sagebrush, shot wild horses, skinned them, sold their hides for $2 each, cooked their meat, and fed the horse meat to his hogs through the winter.†   (source)
  • Brendan Stoked the Fire Let's take a walk.†   (source)
  • Scott's words were like blows to his stomach, but they only stoked his anger.†   (source)
  • The liquid cools my tongue, but when I finish the water it's as if someone stokes it again.†   (source)
  • Almaz grumbled about having to split wood, then stoke the fire in Mussolini—all for what?†   (source)
  • Amazing Offer...") that stoked a longing to realize an adventure his imagination swiftly and over and over enabled him to experience: the dream of drifting downward through strange waters, of plunging toward a green sea-dusk, sliding past the scaly, savage-eyed protectors of a ship's hulk that loomed ahead, a Spanish galleon-a drowned cargo of diamonds and pearls, heaping caskets of gold.†   (source)
  • The black boys stoke the sucking pink mouths of the Vegetables a shade too fast for swallowing, and the Mechanical Soft squeezes out down their little knobs of chins onto the greens.†   (source)
  • They follow the crowd's stoked gaze.†   (source)
  • Then I hear him laughing, a sadistic chuckle that stokes my defiance.†   (source)
  • One of the women stoked the fire and prepared tea.†   (source)
  • David handed over the notes, and Max read them, blushing, while his roommate grinned and stoked the fire.†   (source)
  • In June 2012, President Obama stoked conservative furor by issuing an executive order deferring for two years the deportation of immigrants who would have qualified for the DREAM Act had it passed.†   (source)
  • Everybody was stoked the aircrew was going to be cool and that we were going to fly straight through.†   (source)
  • Then I stoked the fire and sat staring into its meager wedge of light.†   (source)
  • His own suppressed rage flared like a stoked fire.†   (source)
  • In the meantime, he was totally stoked about his blog, the one that Max hadn't taken seriously.†   (source)
  • My mother and father have stoked each other's indignation for almost forty years telling stories about land quarrels among the uncles, the in-laws, the grandparents.†   (source)
  • Alder had to dive out of the way for fear of being trampled by the stoked-up miners as they rushed to their destiny.†   (source)
  • The fires in the great hall are stoked to blazing again.†   (source)
  • To make the room itself a perfect temperature, the stove was stoked up and burning like a forge.†   (source)
  • She stokes it with more hunks of turkey and whole candied yams.†   (source)
  • They'd covered poor Barmen with a pile of furs and stoked the fire high, yet all he could say was, "I'm cold.†   (source)
  • It would usually reignite with pine fatwood kindling, but sometimes you had to blow the coals to stoke the flames.†   (source)
  • Kay was stoked to have someone do her "pet" projects that she had been wanting since we were kids.†   (source)
  • The light was the light of the very early afternoon—everything stoked up, the blaze got truly going, but with a hint of the blaze about to consume itself.†   (source)
  • The kids loved their crabmeat savagely peppered and stoked with hot sauce.†   (source)
  • As soon as the stove is properly stoked I'll go through the rest of the drawers.†   (source)
  • Matson took out a pipe, stoked and fired it.†   (source)
  • But in 2004 a local incident had stoked the fire again.†   (source)
  • And the only way to do that is with a true conflagration—flames stoked by blood.†   (source)
  • The insurgents pulled back, then things stoked up again.†   (source)
  • She burned two in a row, to be exact—she had the fire in the stove stoked up way too high.†   (source)
  • We stoked the campfire for the night, unfolded the bedrolls.†   (source)
  • He had brazenly slept upon the carpet and stoked the stoves until they whitened like blast furnaces.†   (source)
  • Trench mortars on both sides were continually stoked.†   (source)
  • The black stove, stoked with coal and firewood, glows like a lighted pumpkin.†   (source)
  • Then I stoked up the barbecue and threw the food into the flames as a burnt offering for Artemis and Apollo.†   (source)
  • Blackjack the pegasus was an old friend of mine, so I tried not to get too annoyed by the craters he'd just put in the hood; but I didn't think my stepdad would be real stoked.†   (source)
  • I was the dogsbody in charge of keeping the oven stoked with wood and the ashes cleared out, fetching forgotten ingredients from the market, and beating eggs, ten at a time, till my arm was near to fall off.†   (source)
  • He's dropped by a couple of times, early in the morning, to make sure I've stoked the furnace, but not too much.†   (source)
  • If she stoked it up—and hung a curtain across the pantry door—the cookstove in the kitchen should keep her warm enough.†   (source)
  • Old stories of courage and justice as he remembered them until the boy was asleep in his blankets and then he stoked the fire and lay down warm and full and listened to the low thunder of the falls beyond them in that dark and threadbare wood.†   (source)
  • The Marines were going into Nasiriya every night, trying to clear the place out as the insurgency stoked up.†   (source)
  • She rolled her eyes whenever she had to undo my mistakes: the tin cans I forgot to wash out and save, the bananas I failed to check for tarantulas, the firebox I once stoked entirely with sticks of bängala—the poisonwood tree!†   (source)
  • The kid was stoked.†   (source)
  • Nevertheless, Hearth stoked the forge while Blitzen puttered around his workstation, staring in confusion at the racks of tools and baskets of metal ore.†   (source)
  • Even though I realized that it might be only temporary, it nonetheless stoked the small flame of hope I had begun to nurture in secret.†   (source)
  • He again channeled energy stored within the diamonds of his belt—the belt of Beloth the Wise—and into Brisingr, emptying the gemstones of their precious store as he stoked the sword's fire to an almost unbearable intensity.†   (source)
  • Every two hours he got up during the night to stoke the fire.†   (source)
  • But the fair did more than simply stoke pride.†   (source)
  • They routinely used drugs to stoke their courage.†   (source)
  • "That is correct," replied Miss Boon, walking over to stoke the fire.†   (source)
  • Brave Orchid rubbed the slender hands, blew on the fingers, tried to stoke up the flickerings.†   (source)
  • I said 'stoke that fire, heat that pot!'†   (source)
  • On their way, Adel saw Kabir pick up a metal rod they used in the winter to stoke the fire in the stove.†   (source)
  • Now, stoke the fire, Torque!†   (source)
  • Leo, can you stoke the fire?†   (source)
  • Mother yanked Ruth May out by the arm, pretty hard, when she found her in there; she dreaded that Mama Tataba in one of her energetic fits might stoke up the stove with the baby inside.†   (source)
  • They stoke a furnace all their lives, sweat their lips, shine their eyes and start it all in the crib.†   (source)
  • Each had a forge with bellows to stoke the fire, an assortment of anvils, a few sturdy tables, and racks of tools that looked like torture equipment.†   (source)
  • The first thing is to get the stove going, and to stoke and stoke and stoke, we'll have to keep it going all the time for at least twenty-four hours.†   (source)
  • Stoked by the monster, it took him a long time to finish.†   (source)
  • The stove smoked lustily, growing redder and redder as now one and now another stoked it.†   (source)
  • He volunteered to carry coal from storage bins, and he stoked the building's boiler.†   (source)
  • The Ezekiel caldron of wrath, stoked with bones.†   (source)
  • They fed hugely: he stoked their plates for them with great slabs of fried steak, grits fried in egg, hot biscuits, jam, fried apples.†   (source)
  • After he had finished his meal, he sat for twenty minutes; then he stoked up a big fire.†   (source)
  • She bustled to the kitchen, stoked the wood-range, sang Schumann while she boiled the kettle, warmed up raisin cookies on a newspaper spread on the rack in the oven.†   (source)
  • The furnaces were stoked; the propeller churned the waves more swiftly; the frigate skirted the flat, yellow coast of Long Island; and at eight o'clock in the evening, after the lights of Fire Island had vanished into the northwest, we ran at full steam onto the dark waters of the Atlantic.†   (source)
  • The sand was beginning to stoke up underfoot and, though I was eager for a dip, I postponed it for a minute or two more.†   (source)
  • To cast off, he needed only to fire and stoke his furnaces!†   (source)
  • The ash-buckets racketed, clanking up and down the stoke-hold ventilators, and this tin-pot clatter warned him the end of his watch was near.†   (source)
  • In Carol's own twenty-four hours a day she got up, dressed the baby, had breakfast, talked to Oscarina about the day's shopping, put the baby on the porch to play, went to the butcher's to choose between steak and pork chops, bathed the baby, nailed up a shelf, had dinner, put the baby to bed for a nap, paid the iceman, read for an hour, took the baby out for a walk, called on Vida, had supper, put the baby to bed, darned socks, listened to Kennicott's yawning comment on what a fool Dr. McGanum was to try to use that cheap X-ray outfit of his on an epithelioma, repaired a frock, drowsily heard Kennicott stoke the furnace, tried to read a page of Thorstein Veblen—and the day was gone.†   (source)
  • By the advice of Mr. Giles, they all talked very loud, to warn any evil-disposed person outside, that they were strong in numbers; and by a master-stoke of policy, originating in the brain of the same ingenious gentleman, the dogs' tails were well pinched, in the hall, to make them bark savagely.†   (source)
  • Believe what they tell you, stoke up your wrath, And drive me like a felon from your path.†   (source)
  • I'm going to use sex, since I'm reduced to it, To strip off the cloak of this hypocrite; I'll stoke up the fires of his insolent heart And give a free field to this base upstart.†   (source)
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  • I headed for Stokes.   (source)
    stokes = a name
  • Stoke Mandeville …. or somewhere.   (source)
  • The 5:56 fast train to Stoke has been cancelled, so its passengers have invaded my train and it's standing room only in the carriage.   (source)
  • I didn't explain the real reason to Bryant Stokes.   (source)
  • He had Cheyne-Stokes respiration, shallow and quick, and then a minute of apnea, and then she couldn't feel his pulse.   (source)
  • Afterwards we took a street car to Davison-Paxon-Stokes Company, and then went to M. Rich and Brothers.   (source)
  • "Wait 'til they get a whiff of Jimmy Stokes' fastball," said the first man.   (source)
  • And flying back in the evening from Stoke Poges.   (source)
  • But we could have done it all, and almost without losses, with a Stokes mortar.   (source)
  • Johnny Stokes lives in a rented flat.   (source)
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  • He recognized Cheyne-Stokes tendencies in his respiration—but like everything the symptom served only to turn him in toward his emotion.   (source)
  • Do you like that man Stokes?   (source)
  • "Stoke Moran?" said he.   (source)
  • Stokes?   (source)
  • …haunt it, too; for it is a wild spot even here, what there is of it; for it does not go far to the south: it goes from here northward and west right over Paddington and a little way down Notting Hill: thence it runs north-east to Primrose Hill, and so on; rather a narrow strip of it gets through Kingsland to Stoke-Newington and Clapton, where it spreads out along the heights above the Lea marshes; on the other side of which, as you know, is Epping Forest holding out a hand to it.   (source)
  • "Haye Park might do," said she, "if the Gouldings could quit it—or the great house at Stoke, if the drawing-room were larger; but Ashworth is too far off!"   (source)
  • Ten minutes later they were at Stoke Poges and had started their first round of Obstacle Golf.   (source)
  • Mr. Toohey insisted on paying Mrs. Stokes for Johnny's suit.   (source)
  • Mrs. Toohey let him do it, sullenly; she did not like Mrs. Stokes.   (source)
  • The punishment would have come from Johnny if Mrs. Stokes had not seized her boy and held him.   (source)
  • The loud speaker in the tower of the Stoke Poges Club House began, in a more than human tenor, to announce the closing of the courses.   (source)
  • Johnny Stokes was a bright kid with dimples and golden curls; people always turned to look at Johnny Stokes.   (source)
  • But it threw suspicion on the grades of Johnny Stokes, Pat Noonan, and all the best pupils of the class, except Ellsworth Toohey.   (source)
  • ELLSWORTH MONKTON TOOHEY was seven years old when he turned the hose upon Johnny Stokes, as Johnny was passing by the Toohey lawn, dressed in his best Sunday suit.   (source)
  • He was not like Johnny Stokes, who never listened in class, seldom opened a book at home, yet knew everything almost before the teacher had explained it.   (source)
  • At a knock he muttered, "I can't talk to Stokes now."   (source)
  • I knew that we should find a ventilator before ever we came to Stoke Moran.   (source)
  • Such are the true facts of the death of Dr. Grimesby Roylott, of Stoke Moran.   (source)
  • It makes me tired to have you fall for his scientific tripe and not appreciate Stokes.   (source)
  • I am Dr. Grimesby Roylott, of Stoke Moran.   (source)
  • Oh, don't be earnest like Cecil here, and Dr. Stokes! They have no sense of play.   (source)
  • Dr. Stokes was a wiry, humorless man, the parish medical officer of St. Swithin Parish.   (source)
  • And so do I. It is precisely for that reason that we are going to Stoke Moran this day.   (source)
  • Stokes himself, with Twyford, carried on the experiment and kept the notes Martin should have kept.   (source)
  • Sar, on the table is the whisky Dr. Stokes have told I to bring.   (source)
  • Stokes, my name is…… Damn it, boy, what ARE you doing?   (source)
  • I'm Dr. Stokes, of St. Swithin's Parish.   (source)
  • His confrere, Stokes, retorted that perhaps it couldn't be plague, but it damn' well WAS plague.   (source)
  • And I tell you Stokes was born a researcher.   (source)
  • Stokes is hard—thank God!—and probably he's rude.   (source)
  • Good Mrs. Stokes would not know her own room again.   (source)
  • 'Oh! Mrs. Stokes,' said I—but I had not time for more.   (source)
  • If I could be sure of the rooms being thoroughly aired—but is Mrs. Stokes to be trusted?   (source)
  • There is in Upper Wessex an old town of nine or ten thousand souls; the town may be called Stoke-Barehills.   (source)
  • Sometimes he might have been found shaping the mullions of a country mansion, sometimes setting the parapet of a town-hall, sometimes ashlaring an hotel at Sandbourne, sometimes a museum at Casterbridge, sometimes as far down as Exonbury, sometimes at Stoke-Barehills.   (source)
  • At the top Tess was going to be met with the spring-cart sent by the Stoke-d'Urbervilles, and her box had already been wheeled ahead towards this summit by a lad with trucks, to be in readiness.   (source)
  • Stoke d'Urberville took her back to the lawn and into the tent, where he left her, soon reappearing with a basket of light luncheon, which he put before her himself.   (source)
  • The most familiar object in Stoke-Barehills nowadays is its cemetery, standing among some picturesque mediaeval ruins beside the railway; the modern chapels, modern tombs, and modern shrubs having a look of intrusiveness amid the crumbling and ivy-covered decay of the ancient walls.   (source)
  • The d'Urbervilles—or Stoke-d'Urbervilles, as they at first called themselves—who owned all this, were a somewhat unusual family to find in such an old-fashioned part of the country.   (source)
  • But the question is now as dead as the scot-and-lot freeholder, the road waggoner, and the mail coachman who disputed it; and probably not a single inhabitant of Stoke-Barehills is now even aware that the two roads which part in his town ever meet again; for nobody now drives up and down the great western highway dally.   (source)
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