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  • Of these three photographs, the one of the beggar-girl—in which Alice's expression is both calculating and tenacious, her hand cupped to receive the alms that are her due—inspires his most imaginative reading.

    Of Camera Lenses and Looking-Glasses

  • In the meanwhile, as he went on up the street, he perceived a beggar-girl, thirteen or fourteen years old, and clad in so short a gown that her knees were visible, lying thoroughly chilled under a porte-cochere.

    Les Miserables

  • And unwinding all the comfortable woollen which he had around his neck, he flung it on the thin and purple shoulders of the beggar-girl, where the scarf became a shawl once more.

    Les Miserables

  • And when his mistress-daughter-in-law had passed away, Shchurov took into his house a dumb beggar-girl, who was living with him to this day, and who had recently borne him a dead child.

    The Man Who Was Afraid

  • Once, a young, impoverished beggar-girl named Nan Killian had obtained leftovers at the back gate, and most of the other waifs and gutter-rats of the neighborhood shunned the place, though they gladly shared in Nan's bounty when she dared the gate and its guardian.


  • She loves to go into the kitchen and mess, she hates to study, and said right before the Vincents that she should think it would be great fun to be a beggar-girl, to go round with a basket, it must be so interesting to see what you 'd get.

    An Old-Fashioned Girl

  • "Dance with yourself, beggar-girl," and he had the heralds proclaim that this stranger who wore brown wool in court would go on the floor alone.

    The Faery Tales of Weir

  • When his father made the request of him that he made of his other sons, Prince Merlin bowed and extended his arm to the beggar-girl, but he was as silent as a wood before a storm.

    The Faery Tales of Weir

  • Then she put on the gown she had worn as a beggar-girl, and her wooden shoes, and let her hair down over her shoulders.

    The Faery Tales of Weir

  • He asked all the attendants, but no one had seen her, and when enquiry was made of the porter, he said that no one had gone out of the palace except a poor ragged beggar-girl.

    The National Nursery Book With 120 illustrations


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