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  • The wide rooms seemed too narrow for his rolling gait, and to himself he was in terror lest his broad shoulders should collide with the doorways or sweep the bric-a-brac from the low mantel.

    Chapter 1

  • The really valuable bric-à-brac is costly here as elsewhere; but many charming things in common use among the people, pretty proofs of their universal love of beauty, are to be picked up for a mere trifle.

    In Seven Stages: A Flying Trip Around the World

  • The sentences Myers isolates are either accompanyed by no stylistic analysis at all, or are criticized for their denotative lapses, as defined by Myers's own schoolmarm-ish principles of "good English": characters do and say things that Myers finds objectionable, are described in terms he can't assimilate, objects and images are deemed inappropriate according to the most narrowly-focused notions of context ( "from the villagers 'perspective a less appropriate word than bric-a-brac is hard to imagine"), syntax ( "Johnson fills the space between purple passages by dropping his sentence subjects, leaving bursts of adjectives to stand alone") and word choice ( "As for snickering and creak, they will please only those who skim for startling word combinations").

    Style in Fiction

  • I had to backtrack in case I’d missed a white man peering through a window, because from the villagers’ perspective a less appropriate word than bric-a-brac is hard to imagine.

    A Bright Shining Lie

  • I would ask though, Gbob, if perhaps his collection of bric-a-brac, which is currently in Pittsburgh, might become incredibly valuable because in the ‘wave’ I would imagine of lot of unprotected materials documenting social/cultural history would have been badly damaged; whereas the Warhol collection , which is vast, has been stored properly.

    Cheeseburger Gothic » Barnes and Noble Challenge.

  •  You turn around and make your way back on paved bric a brac to civilization where there are no coyotes.

    bric a brac road

  • The road is paved with tons of bric a brac, but none is more paved than the one carved out of nature.

    bric a brac road

  • Immobile Explorations: this is my brain on bric and brac skip to main

    this is my brain on bric and brac

  • Too well-bred to stare, and cautious — you never knew with women anymore and besides, he was on mistress hiatus — he let his eyes wander bric a brac and clothing before returning to the woman he knew for a fact his former deputy chair, Leonard McFrick, never touched.

    The Golden Vault of Jean Maria Schwartz in Heaven

  • And each of his films has a beautiful religious sense: a feeling that the characters are in search to transcend themselves -- with the bric brac of our cultural symbols.

    Karin Badt: The Disturbing Vision of Director Carlos Reygadas : "Life is Magic!"

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