Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A musical instrument similar in shape and action to a pianoforte, but having tuning-forks in place of strings.
“The key-harp on the corner of the table was something like a miniature piano, except the volume was so low that it was clearly useless except as a composing or learning aid.”
“As the tinted glass of the bedchamber window filtered the worst of the late-afternoon sun, Anna sat at the table with the key-harp, a stack of the tan paper, a pencil, and the inevitable pitcher of water and accompanying goblet.”
“Even though her left shoulder and hand had healed enough to use the key-harp for short periods of time, the instrument seemed almost worse than useless.”
“Anna's fingers struggled with the key-harp as she tried to keep the words of the aria in mind.”
“Not only was the key-harp frustrating her, but it had no power of projection.”
“The small instrument helped in working things out, far more than the key-harp.”
“Finally, she set the mandolin on the desk beside the unused key-harp.”
“After getting the key-harp in what she hoped was a rough tune, a very rough tuning, Anna looked at the short stack of paper and rubbed her forehead.”
“She hoped there weren't too many mistakes or oversights" but she wouldn't have bet a clipped coin " or an off-tune key-harp " on it.”
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