- The desolation wrought by that flood had left little visible trace on the face of the earth, five years after.7.5 -- Book 7 Chapter 5 -- The Last Conflict (94% in)
- Book IV The Valley of Humiliation Chapter I A Variation of Protestantism Unknown to Bossuet Journeying down the Rhone on a summer's day, you have perhaps felt the sunshine made dreary by those ruined villages which stud the banks in certain parts of its course, telling how the swift river once rose, like an angry, destroying god, sweeping down the feeble generations whose breath is in their nostrils, and making their dwellings a desolation.4.1 -- Book 4 Chapter 1 -- A Variation of Protestantism Unknown to Bossuet (4% in)
- Poor Maggie listened with a trembling lip; she could say nothing but a faint "Thank you, I shall be grateful"; and she walked back to her lodgings, through the driving rain, with a new sense of desolation.7.5 -- Book 7 Chapter 5 -- The Last Conflict (18% in)
- The sun was rising now, and the wide area of watery desolation was spread out in dreadful clearness around them; in dreadful clearness floated onward the hurrying, threatening masses.7.5 -- Book 7 Chapter 5 -- The Last Conflict (90% in)
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