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“It slapped the deck with a thick, three-fingered paw, curling its digits to grip at the decking as its black-mantled body hurtled past.”
“Upon it sat a shape, black-mantled, huge and threatening.”
“And by these travelers there passed in that brightening dawn two other travelers from the north, a pair on a powerful but tired black horse, a man in a military cloak and a green and gold turban about his bronzed head, and behind him, on a pillion, a black-mantled, black-veiled girl, with bare, dangling feet.”
“Hence the alarm with which they viewed the gloomy, funereal, sinister pageant -- the white-robed, black-mantled and hooded inquisitors, with their attendant familiars and barefoot friars -- headed by a Dominican bearing the white Cross, which invaded the city of Seville one day towards the end of December and took its way to the Convent of St. Paul, there to establish the Holy Office of the Inquisition.”
“Presently she came in sight: a slender black-mantled figure hung on the arm of an elderly man in the sober dress of one of the learned professions -- a physician or a lawyer, Odo guessed.”
“Wedged in between two silent men on the front seat, one of whom seemed a farmer, and the other, by his black attire, a professional man, Clarence was finally attracted by a black-mantled, dark-haired, bonnetless woman on the back seat, whose attention seemed to be monopolized by the jocular gallantries of her companions and the two men before her in the middle seat.”
“The heroine of Scott was, no doubt, once common in society -- the delicate creature who promptly fainted on the reminiscence of the scent of a rose, but could stand any amount of dragging by the hair through underground passages, and midnight rides on lonely moors behind mailed and black-mantled knights, and a run or two of hair-removing typhoid fever, and come out at the end of the story as fresh as a daisy.”
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