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  • The air was heavy with perfume as I stepped in, stumbled into a muslin curtain, swore softly as I disentangled myself, took hold of a wooden pillar for support, and gazed round into the half-gloom.

    Fiancée

  • When this Redoubt was first builded, it had been upon the far shore of a sea, where now was no sea; and it had been raised by those wandering humans who had grown weary of wandering, and weary of the danger of night attacks by the tribes of half-human monsters which began to inhabit the earth even so early as the days when the half-gloom was upon the world.

    The Night Land

  • And so shall you see us go, and the smoke and the bitterness of the sulphur to be all about us; and oddwhiles the murmuring of a far-off pit, and oft the utter silence; and to pass this time a lonesome fire-hole; and afterward the utter dark, or the half-gloom, all as might chance, according to the nearness of the fires.

    The Night Land

  • In the half-gloom he tried to remember where everything had been a decade before.

    Sins of Two Fathers

  • For half an hour, the girls would chatter and laugh, and then servants would pull in the shutters and in the warm half-gloom the talk would die to whispers and finally expire in silence broken only by soft regular breathing.

    Gone with the Wind

  • They entered cautiously, blinking in the half-gloom.

    Conan of Cimmeria

  • The cover was lifted, and there darted, shimmering in the half-gloom of the Chamber, a burst of iridescence from the box.

    Edison's Conquest of Mars

  • The house had been closed for weeks and the hall, as she entered it, was cold with a chill that reached the marrow of her bones -- it was dim with the half-gloom of drawn curtains and closed doors.

    The Tin Soldier

  • It was a great change from the half-gloom of the library, and the chilliness of the long, dark halls, to the bright, sunny piazza, where the light fell so warm and broadly, and from whence the blue and shining sea stretched far and wide and vast.

    Culm Rock The Story of a Year: What it Brought and What it Taught

  • All she could distinguish in the half-gloom of the place was the form of a man seated in the lofty gallery overhead.

    Dreamland

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