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  • As I looked across at her, I saw only an Indian girl in a grubby fringed tunic, with long braids of hair round a chubby, dust-stained face; the only thing different about her was that where the others had cowered and trembled, she was straight as a ramrod and looked dead ahead; if she was frightened, it didn't show.

    Isabelle

  • What the morning brought, just as the household emerged from Mass, was a dust-stained rider on a lathered horse, cantering wearily in from the street and sliding stiffly and untidily to a clattering stop on the cobbles of the court.

    A River So Long

  • Such is the clarity of Sander's image that we can judge the texture of the man's dust-stained trousers and pick out white spots that seem to be ash burns.

    Just Regular Volks

  • His woebegone face and the quasi-clerical cut of his dust-stained, filthy costume caught my humour.

    Twelve Stories and a Dream, by H. G. Wells

  • Now as I watched, two figures emerged upon that other ledge -- one gashed, dust-stained, limping, gripping a bloodstained ax; the other slim, white and girlish.

    People of the Dark

  • I can see in my mind's eye, this dust-stained Saudi renegade sitting in front of a computer and composing coded email messages and sending them, just for the purpose of "spoofing" the NSA and CIA into sounding the alarm.

    The Homeland Security Czar Who Cried "Wolf!"

  • Will stood by the road letting the dust-stained travelers stream past him like a river while his vision grabbed and failed to seize, searching for and not finding a familiar face among their number.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • The gory, dust-stained, half-shaven head with its long neck trailed twisting along the ground.

    War and Peace

  • She felt small and dust-stained and insignificant before this glamorous beauty, and she could not mistake the look in the dark eyes which feasted on every detail of the bronzed giant's physique.

    The Coming of Conan The Cimmerian

  • He strode across the bridge, stirring the company who were dust-stained, sweat soaked and exhausted.

    Sharpe's Skirmish

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