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  • Without great difficulty they entered into that straw-thatched cottage, scurvily built, naughtily movabled, and all besmoked.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • O Lord God now! how the villain hath besmoked me with vexation and anger, with charms and witchcraft, and with a terrible coil and stir of infernal and Tartarian devils!

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • Who can imagine that these poor snakes, the very extracts of ichthyophagy, are not thoroughly enough besmoked and besmeared with misery, distress, and calamity?

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • On one side hung a very large oil painting so thoroughly besmoked, and every way defaced, that in the unequal crosslights by which you viewed it, it was only by diligent study and a series of systematic visits to it, and careful inquiry of the neighbors, that you could any way arrive at an understanding of its purpose.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • In the basement of the building you would find the press-room, with its steam engine, its furnaces, its presses, its dark demi-devils, and ghostly and ghastly gnomes and genii groping or flitting about amid the glare and gloom, begrimed and besmoked, seemingly at work at unhallowed yet supernatural toil, which toil, as if

    Edmond Dant├Ęs

  • By the aid of the besmoked hall lantern, he glanced hastily through the two letters.

    Janice Meredith

  • He disliked besmoked drawing-rooms and irregular meals and untidy arrangements; he could suffer from the vulgarity of Mrs. Rooth's apartments, the importunate photographs which gave on his nerves, the barbarous absence of signs of an orderly domestic life, the odd volumes from the circulating library

    The Tragic Muse

  • I have often since thought of my first landing there; of its dusty, dirty coal-besmoked appearance; of its hedge of drays, its knots of garrulous and noisy drivers, and then the line of dusky warehouses, storage rooms, &c.

    Autobiography of a female slave,

  • Hung in long, sepulchral arches of stone, the black, besmoked bridge seemed a huge scarf of crape, festooning the river across.

    Israel Potter

  • Thus was it: -- One fair half-day in the July of 1800, by good luck, he was employed, partly out of charity, by one of the keepers, to trim the sward in an oval enclosure within St. James 'Park, a little green but a three-minutes' walk along the gravelled way from the brick-besmoked and grimy Old Brewery of the palace which gives its ancient name to the public resort on whose borders it stands.

    Israel Potter

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