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  • It might have been a-dream, except that she was only too aware of the physical reality of his nearness.

    The Tycoon's Mistress

  • While floating a-dream twixt the horns of the moon.

    Lias Laddie

  • The voices of the souls unborn are half a-dream with Paradise.

    ROUND THE BEND

  • Prudence, although her face was all a-dream, bent conscientiously over the bit of linen in her hands.

    Prudence Says So

  • The boy raised his head, brown eyes a-dream with visions of automobiles, steam engines, and hook and ladder outfits.

    A Son of the City A Story of Boy Life

  • John scarcely heard him as he stood, eyes a-dream, looking over the even, carefully raked turf.

    A Son of the City A Story of Boy Life

  • It must be autumn at home now – the harbour is a-dream and the old Glen hills blue with haze, and Rainbow Valley a haunt of delight with wild asters blowing all over it – our old 'farewell-summers.'

    Rilla of Ingleside

  • There came a soft warm evening, when all the world seemed a-dream; and he had been working hard, and there came to him a yearning for the stars.

    Love's Pilgrimage

  • To Youth, while youth is in the arteries, Paris is ever Paris, a-throb with dreams, a-dream with love, a-love with triumphs to be triumphed o'er.

    Europe After 8:15

  • But the fair Yolande heeded him none at all, sitting with eyes a-dream and sighing ever and anon; insomuch that the Duchess, watching her slyly, sighed amain also and presently spake:

    The Geste of Duke Jocelyn

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  • His hero is caused, by a novel device, to fall asleep and a-dream; and thus he is given yesterday.

    —Dorothy Parker, review of Give Me Yesterday by her arch-nemesis A.A. Milne, in The New Yorker, 14 Mar. 1931

    November 13, 2008