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  • 'Yes, I have got a dead-latch key somewhere about.'

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 4, October, 1863 Devoted to Literature and National Policy

  • It caught her dress in closing, but she was unaware of that for a moment, as she stood still on the step, remembering with a sudden pang, that was more than half regret, that the deed was done beyond recall, for the dead-latch was down, and she had no key with which to effect an entrance; she must go on now, whether she would or not.

    Elsie's New Relations

  • "No; the wind blew it to, and it has become fastened with the dead-latch."

    The Iron Rule

  • She was alone in the street, half-dressed and with her head uncovered, and the door, which closed with a dead-latch, shut against her.

    The Iron Rule

  • His hand was in his pocket, his dead-latch key between his fingers, and his foot upon the marble sill of his door.

    The Two Wives

  • His hand was in his pocket, in search of his dead-latch key, when he suddenly retreated from the door, muttering to himself --

    The Two Wives

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