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  • He made a slight movement with his hips, and I drew in my breath in a half-stifled gasp.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • The stairs were the problem and the descent, with Helen half-supporting, half-carrying her, had been exhausting and noisy, five long minutes of laboured breathing, creaking banisters, hissed instructions, of Ursula's half-stifled moans of pain.

    She Closed Her Eyes

  • Terrified, half-stifled, and half struck with horror, the lady yet felt a degree of relief from the somewhat milder tone in which her father addressed her.

    Count Robert of Paris

  • At last he looked at his right hand, which had evidently suffered from the blow against the tree, and a half-stifled curse escaped his lips.

    Lavengro

  • The fierceness of their air, and the strange peculiarity of their dress, instantly convinced Ellena that they were not inhabitants of the Benedictine convent, but some terrible messengers of evil, Her half-stifled shriek alarmed

    The Italian

  • Spalatro, released from the immediate office of an executioner, endured silently the abusive, yet half-stifled, indignation of the

    The Italian

  • The door immediately closed; and, whether the imagination of Vivaldi was affected, or that the founds were real, he thought, as it closed, he distinguished half-stifled groans, as of a person in agony.

    The Italian

  • As they proceeded along the avenue, a kind of half-stifled groan was sometimes audible from a distance.

    The Italian

  • Better to be half-stifled than arriving at the top of the cairn blind.

    The Outstretched Shadow

  • Again, in memory, he heard the half-stifled cry that had drawn him to her side, felt her hands in his, the springy resistance of her hair, the delicate skin of her eyelids.

    Maurice Guest

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