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  • "Wolves; a whole pack of 'em comin 'tearin' mad this way!"

    With Trapper Jim in the North Woods

  • I'll be smoking Deuteronomy an 'Kings long afore we're over the Rhine, an' mebbe, "he sez, turnin 'over the pages with' is thumb an 'tearin' out the Children of Israel careful by the roots," mebbe I'll be reduced to smokin 'the inscription,' To our Dear Soldier Friend, 'on the fly-leaf afore I gets a chance to loot some' baccy shop in Berlin.

    Between the Lines

  • Sykes, comin 'tearin' up on account o 'Timothy leavin' him urgent word to come, without explainin 'why.

    Friendship Village

  • Lord knows I've no love for Elijah an 'yet I'm caperin' upstairs an 'downstairs when he ain't in a hurry an' tearin 'my legs off scamperin' when he is, until I declare I feel mad at myself -- I certainly do.

    Susan Clegg and a Man in the House

  • Hurryin 'leads to swallowin' fish-bones an 'tearin' yourself on nails an 'a many other things as makes me mad, an' I won't hurry now an 'I won't hurry never.

    Susan Clegg and a Man in the House

  • Up we goes a-scratchin '; pullin' at de bushes an 'weeds an' grass ter help us 'long, an 'tearin' dem up, like flax on a rainy day.

    Burl

  • -- ay, last till th 'Almighty comes a' tearin 'down in clouds o' glory.

    The Treasure of Heaven A Romance of Riches

  • "An 'then, you lives all alone in that theer ghashly' Oller -- an 'you fights, an' struggles wi 'devils an' demons, all in the wind an 'rain an' tearin 'tempest -- an' what's most of all -- you comes back -- alive; an 'what's more yet, wi' devil-marks upon ye an 'your throat all tore wi' claws.

    The Broad Highway

  • South Country, d'ye see (a'most as fine a man as I were in my time), and, off and on, gets took wi 'tearin's and rages, at which times' e don't mind who 'e' its -- "

    The Broad Highway

  • "Nay, man, 'tis a live, ragin 'storm comed off the sea an' tearin 'ower the airth like a legion out o' hell!

    Lying Prophets

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