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  • It was the golden-haired, merry-faced thief, the young man who had perched on Gregorovitch's windowsill, smiling lazily up at Harry out of the silver frame.

    Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows

  • With Gregorovitch dead, it was the merry-faced thief who was in danger now, and it was on him that Harry's thoughts dwelled, as Ron's snores began to rumble from the lower bunk and as he himself drifted slowly into sleep once more.

    Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows

  • The next morning Ethelberta was at the railway station, taking tickets for herself and Cornelia, when she saw an old yet sly and somewhat merry-faced Englishman a little way off.

    The Hand of Ethelberta

  • The merry-faced little man offered his beer, with a natural good-fellowship, both to the Dreary one and

    Contributions to All the Year Round

  • “Order!” cried a merry-faced little man, who had brought his young daughter with him to see life, and who always modestly hid his face in his beer-mug after he had thus assisted the business.

    Contributions to All the Year Round

  • He was fond of admiring himself in a looking glass; and a merry-faced little Indian boy from the Rio Negro, whom we had for some months on board, soon perceived this, and used to mock him: Jemmy, who was always rather jealous of the attention paid to this little boy, did not at all like this, and used to say, with rather a contemptuous twist of his head, "Too much skylark."

    Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by H.M.S. Beagle

  • "I remember, not many years ago," interrupted the merry-faced guest, "a water-man, in attendance at the cab-stand at the top of the Haymarket, for a bribe of five shillings, tossed off a bottle of gin, upon which he dropped down insensible, and soon died."

    The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 1, April, 1851

  • "Not a word of this do I understand," said the merry-faced guest.

    The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 1, April, 1851

  • "To what, may I ask," inquired the merry-faced guest, "do you attribute the circumstance of the trembling hand recovering its steadiness, after taking a glass of spirits in the morning after a debauch; 'hair of the dog,' as it is called, 'that bit overnight?'"

    The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 1, April, 1851

  • Her one relation, her own nephew, the same merry-faced Tom of old, dear days, writing to her begging her to show her forgiveness and go to him to be cherished all the days of her life.

    The Girl's Own Paper, Vol. VIII, No. 354, October 9, 1886

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